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JOURNALS OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 
OF MASSACHUSETTS 



VOLUME I 



Committee of Publication 

HENRY CABOT LODGE 

WILLIAM BRADFORD HOMER DOWSE 

WORTHINGTON CHAUNCEY FORD 









JOURN A LS 

of the 

House of Representatives 

of Massachusetts 
1715.1717 

Tublished at the Charge of the T)owse Fund 



The Massachusetts Historical Society 

1919 



Contents 

Introduction vii 

Members of the House of Representatives, 1715-1716 ix 

General Court, 1715-1716 

First Session, May 25-June 21, 1715 I 

Second Session, July 20- August 1, 1715 46 

Third Session, August 24-27, 171 5 68 

General Court, 1716-1717 

First Session, May 30-June 27, 1716 77 

Second Session, August 1-3, 1716 124 

Third Session, November 7-December 4, 1716 129 

Fourth Session, April 10-12, 1717 169 

Speech made unto his Excellency, Samuel Shute, by the 

Rev. Cotton Mather, May 30, 171 7 175 

General Court, 1717-1718 

First Session, May 29-June 22, 1 71 7 1 78 

Second Session, October 23-November 22, 1717 222 

Third Session, February 5-14, 1718 261 

Index 275 



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Introduction 



A COPY of the printed Journals of the House of Representatives of his 
Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New England for the 
session which began at Boston on May 25, 1715, was given to Samuel 
Sewall by the printer, Bartholomew Green, on July 12, three weeks after the 
Governor had in angry mood prorogued that body. Stung by a slighting comment 
passed by Governor Dudley on their proceedings, the members of the House de- 
termined to print the full Journal of the session, as the best defence of them- 
selves. Thus began a practice of printing the Journals of the House which was 
continued in an almost unbroken series till the Revolutionary War. The conven- 
ience of having the record in such a form would alone have justified the publica- 
tion; as time passed, the political advantages were also recognized, and the long 
controversies arising between the Governor and the House, or between the Coun- 
cil and the House, led to many papers, worthy to be called state papers,' being 
spread upon the pages of the Journals. Such publications were intended more for 
the constituents of the House than for any effect they could produce upon those 
immediately engaged in the controversies; and, in the absence of an active press, 
the political questions received their discussion in messages, addresses, declara- 
tions, or the more formal proclamations — the most final of all expressions of 
opinion. 

The beginnings of this publication were small and uncertain. The clerk of the 
House was directed to prepare a copy of the Journal, and the representatives of 
Boston were desired to take care that the printing was seasonably done. 1 The 
question of cost does not appear to have been considered at this time; but the ex- 
pediency of continuing to print was at once recognized, and in the second session 
of this General Court measures were taken to learn the cost, and provide for the 
future regular appearance of the votes or minutes during the session. On July 30, 
1715, the representatives of the Town of Boston were again desired to take the 
care of printing the Journals of the session, and to "Treat with a Printer about 
the Terms upon which they may be Printed here-after." 2 Bartholomew Green 
was at this time printer to the Governor and Council, and appears to have been 
the only printer who submitted an estimate. He offered to print the Votes of 
the House "and all the other Printing directed by the Government, for the space 
of Seven Years next coming; and to furnish each Member of this Court, with a 
Copy of the said Votes, free of charge, on each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 
of the several Sessions, during that Term, upon his being Allowed Thirty Pounds 
per Annum for his Service." 3 This offer was accepted by the House, and the con- 
currence of the Council was desired, but not given. The session came to an end 
while the matter was before the Council, and so the care of the printing of the 
1 Infra, page 45. 2 Infra, page 65. ' Infra, page 70. 



viii Introduction 



Journal fell upon the representatives of Boston, "upon the foot of the Agreement 
with Mr. Green the Printer." i 

Thus for three sessions the House of Representatives took upon itself the print- 
ing of its votes and minutes, without any encouragement from the Governor and 
Council. The fourth and last session began on November 23, and continued until 
December 22, but the Journal was not printed, as the following entry in the pro- 
ceedings in the House on June 27, 1716, proves: "An Accompt of Bartholomew 
Green, for Printing the Journal of this House, in their Sessions begun in May, 
July and August, the last Year, and finding Paper, Folding and Stitching them, 
Amounting to the Sum of /.22 ijs. 6d. Presented to the House for Payment" — 
and allowed. Had the Journal of the November session been printed, it would 
have been mentioned with the others. 

It is to be noticed that in each case the entire session was printed as one piece, 
and without title-pages. The form adopted was modelled after that of the 
printed laws, and had been used by the Governor and Council when they issued 
resolves of the General Court. One such resolve has been found in the Boston 
Athenaeum. 2 It is the only issue in that form known, and might easily be mistaken 
for a page from the printed Journals, although no Journals were printed until 

1715- 

The practice, thus begun, was continued in the House of 1716-17, and on the 
day of proroguing the first session it ordered the printing of the Journal under 
the direction of the representatives of Boston. 3 The inconvenience of delay in 
printing and distributing the Journal at the end of the session, and the advantage 
of having the record of proceedings at hand during the session, led the House to 
order that "the Votes of this House be Printed Twice a Week." 4 This accounts 
for the form and divisions of the sheets and for the comparative rarity of the is- 
sues. In no one library of New England ean a full set be found, and even that in 
the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is far from 
complete. 

The present publication is made possible by a fund given to the Massachusetts 
Historical Society by a member, Mr. William Bradford Homer Dowse, of Sher- 
born. As the intention is to reprint the original volumes errors of type and print- 
ing have been followed ; a proper correction in names of persons and places will 
be found in the index. As the first volume of the Journals contained no list of the 
members of the House for 1715 one has been taken from the Boston News-Letter. 

WORTHINGTON CHAUNCEY FoRD 
Boston, December, 1919. 

1 Infra, page 74. 

* It was reproduced as the frontispiece to a reprint of the Journals of 1715, made in 1902. 

■ Infra, page 123. * lb., 184. 



List of Members 



IX 



Members of House, 1715.1716 

"The Boston News-Letter" for the week from Monday, May 23, to Monday, 
May 30, 1715, contains a list of the Members of the House of Representatives. 
The asterisk indicates a new member. 



Boston, 

Roxbury, 

Dorchester, 

Hingham, 

Brantree, 

Dedham, 

Medfield, 

Weymouth, 

Milton, 

Wrentham, 

Mendon, 

Brooklin, 

Woodstock, 

Needham, 

Salem, ■ 

Ipswich, 

Newbury, 

Lynn, 

Marblehead, 

Andover, 

Beverley, 

Rowley, 

Salisbury, 

Haverhill, 

Glocester, 

Topsfield, 

Boxford, 

Wenham, 

Amesbury, 

Bradford, 



Col. Adam Winthrop 
Capt. Oliver Noyes 
*Mr. William Payne 
*Mr. Elisha Cook 
Mr. William Denison 
Mr. Hopestil Clap 
Samuel Thaxter Esq; 
*Mr. Joseph Allein [Allen] 
*Mr. John Fuller 
*Capt. John Boydon 
Capt. Stephen French 
Mr. Ephraim Tucker 
Mr. John Guile [Guild] 
Mr. Samuel Thaer [Thayer] 



*Mr. Samuel Payne 

*Daniel Epps Esq; 
Capt. Peter Osgood 
Mr. John Appleton 
Mr. Nath. Knowlton 
*Mr. William Moodey 
John Burril Esq; Speaker 
Mr. James Cawley 
*Capt. Benjamin Stevens 
Mr. Samuel Balch 
*Mr. Ezekiel Northen 
*Capt. Joseph Eaton , 
*Capt. John White 
*John Newman 
Mr. Tobijah Perkins 
Mr. Joseph Hale 
*Capt. Thomas Fiske 
*Mr. John Foot 
*Mr. John Hutchins 



Charlestown, 

Watertown, 

Cambridge, 

Concord, 

Woburn, 

Reading, 

Sudbury, 

Marlborough, 

Newton, 

Maldon, 

Chelmsford, 

Billerica, 

Sherburn, 

Groton, 

Lancaster, 

Framingham, 

Medford, 

Lexington, 

Weston, 

Stow, 

Springfield, 

Northampton, 

Hadley, 

Hatfield, 

Suffield, 

Westfield, 

Enfield, 

Plymouth, 

Situate, 

Bridgewater, 

Marshfield, 

Duxbury, 

Rochester, 

Pembrook, 

Barnstable, 



*Capt. Ch. Chambers 
Mr. Samuel Sternes 
Mr. Jonat Remington 
*Mr. William Wilson 
*Capt. Josiah Converse 
Mr. Timothy Wily 
*Mr. Edmund Rice 
Mr. Thomas Rice 
Mr. John Ward 
Mr. John Greenland 
Mr. Stephen Pierce 
Lieut. John Sternes 
*Capt. Joseph Morse 
*Mr. Thomas Tarbal 
*Mr. John Houghton 
Maj. Jos Buckminster 
*Capt. Peter Tufts 
*Mr. Francis Bowman 
Capt. Francis Fulham 
*Mr. John Buttrick 
*Luke Hitchcock Esq; 
Joseph Parsons, Esq; 
Mr. Daniel Marsh 
Mr. John Partridge 
*Mr. Atherton Mather 
Mr. John Ashley 



James Warren Esq; 
Mr. Samuel Clap 
*Mr. Edward Fobes 
Capt. Isaac Little 
Seth Arnold Esq; 
*Mr. John Randel 
Capt. Thomas Barker 
*Mr. Joseph Lothrop 



List of Members 



Eastham, 

Sandwich, 

Yarmouth, 

Harwich, 

Truro, 

Middleborow 

Bristol, 

Taunton, 

Dartmouth, 

Rehoboth, 

Little Comp. 

Swanzey, 



*Mr. Samuel Mayo 
*Mr. John Chipman 
*Mr. Joseph Hall 
*Mr. Gershom Hall 
*Mr. Constant Freeman 
*Mr. John Bennet 
[Capt.] Simon Davis Esq; 
*Capt. Henry Hodges 
Mr. Jonathan Delano 
Mr. Moses Read 
Capt. W. Southworth 
Mr. John Rogers 



Tiverton, 

Attleborough, 

Dighton, 

Norton, 

York, 

Kittery, 

Wells, 

Berwick, 

Edgar-Town, 

Tisbury, 

Chilmark, 

Nantucket, 



*Mr. Wm Manchester 
*Mr. David Freeman 
Mr. Benjamin Jones 
*George Leonard, Esq; 
*Abraham PrebbleEsq; 
*Mr. Joseph Hammond 



*Mr. Elisha Plaisted 
Major Benj. Skiffe 



James Coffin Esq; 



JOURNALS 

of the 

House of Representatives 

of Massachusetts 

1715-1717 



Anno Regni Regis GEORGII nunc Magnse Britannise, S,C* Primo. 

JOURNAL 

Of the House of 

Representatives. 

At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in 0tte€tl%\m1>i begun & held at IBOflitOn, upon Wednes- 
day the 25th Day of $0ty, #11110 2Domini, 1715. 

SAmuel Sewall, John Phillips, and Joseph Lynde Esqrs. came down from 
the Council Board, and Acquainted the House that they were Appointed 
and Authorized by His Excellency the Governour, That this House should 
( take the Oaths, Make and Subscribe the Declaration, Take and Subscribe the 
Oath of Abjuration (as by the Royal Charter of this Province is Directed) before 
them, which was accordingly done by the Members present, and They with- 
drew. 

The House Proceeded to write their Votes for a Speaker, which being Col- 
lected, and Examined, it was found that John Burrill Esq; was chosen by a major 
part of the House, and he was accordingly Conducted to the Chair. 

The House Proceeded to write their Votes for a Clerk, which being Collected 
and Examined, it appear'd that Mr. John White was chosen by a major part of 
the House, who was accordingly sent for to the House. 

A Message sent up to the Council Board, by Capt. Davis, and Mr. Cowley, to 
report to His Excellency the Choice the House had made of a Speaker. 

Who Returned, That His Excellency was not in Council, but by Sickness Con- 
fin'd at home. 

Major Skeffe, and Mr. Chipman, were sent to Wait on His Excellency at His 
House at Roxbury, to Report to His Excellency, the Choice of the Speaker. 

Who Returned, That His Excellency said, the Choice is very acceptable to him. 

A Message sent up to the Board, by Mr. Samuel Clap, and Capt. Davis, That 
the House are now ready to proceed to the choice of Councellors. 

Who Return'd, That the Board were ready to Proceed, and Join with the House 
in the Choice. 

Ordered, That Mr. Epps, Capt. Noyes, Col. Winthrop, Col. Thaxter, and Mr. 



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Denison, be a Committee to carry up the Votes of this House for Councellors, 
and assist in Sorting and Numbering them, together with the Votes of the Board, 
and Report to the House, the several Elections that shall be made. 

The said Committee carried up the Votes of the House, for Councellors in the 
late Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay until Eighteen were chosen by a major 
part of the Voters. 

Then for the late Colony of New-Plymouth, until Four were chosen, as aforesaid. 

Then for the late Province of Maine, until Three were chosen, as aforesaid. [ 2 ] 

Then for the Territory between Sagadehoc and Nova Scotia, until One was 
chosen, as aforesaid. 

And lastly, for Persons dwelling in any Part of the Province, until Two were 
chosen, as aforesaid. 

And the said Committee Reported the choice to be as follows, viz. 

Of the Inhabitants, or Proprietors of Lands in the Territory formerly called the 
Massach usetts-Bay . 

The Hon. William Tailer Esq; Wait Winthrop Esq; 

Elisha Cooke Esq; Elisha Hutchinson Esq; 

Samuel Sewall Esq; John Appleton Esq; 

John Higginson Esq; Andrew Belcher Esq; 

Edward Bromfield Esq; Nathaniel Norden Esq; 

Benjamin Lynde Esq; John Clark Esq; 
Addington Davenport Esq; Thomas Hutchinson Esq; 

Samuel Brown Esq; John Pinchon Esq; 

Thomas Oliver Esq; Thomas Fitch Esq; 

Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors of Lands within the Territory formerly 
called New-Plymouth, viz. 

Nathaniel Paine Esq; Isaac Winslow Esq; 

John Cushing Esq; John Otis Esq; 

Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors of Lands within the Territory formerly 
called the Province of Maine, viz. 

E Hakim Hutchinson Esq; Ichabod Plaisted Esq; 

John Wheelwright Esq; 

Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors of Lands lying within the Territory between 
Sagadehoc and Nova Scotia, viz. 

Joseph Lynde Esq; 

Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors of Lands in any Part of the Province. 

Nathaniel By field Esq; Edmund Quinsey Esq; 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 3 

polite 26 strait 171 5. 

ORdered, That Col. Thaxter, Col. Winthrop, Capt. Noyes, Capt. Osgood, and 
Capt. Davis, Wait on His Excellency the Governour, with the above- 
written List of the Councellors, or Assistants, newly chosen for the Year ensuing, 
for His Excellency's Approbation of the Persons, therein Named, to be given in 
Writing under his Hand. 

And inquire of His Excellency's Health. 

The House Proceeded to Examine the Returns of the Precepts, made from the 
several Towns, of the choice of their Representatives. 

Which being Passed through, 

The usual Orders of the House were Read: And 

Ordered, To be the Orders, of the House during the Sessions thereof. 

Ordered, That Mr. John Sternes, Mr. Reed, and Capt. Arnold, be Monitors of the 
House to take care that the Orders thereof are duely observed. [ 3 ] 

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker, Mr. Denison, and Mr. Cawley, Give the Thanks of 
this House to the Reverend Mr. Jeremiah Shepard for the Sermon Preach'd at 
their Desire, before this Court in a Publick Assembly Yesterday, being the Anni- 
versary Day of Election of Councellors: And that they Desire him to give a Copy 
thereof to be Printed. 

An Accompt of William Paine Joyner, of the charge of Wainscotting, one half 
of the Chamber of the House of Representatives, and making of Seats therein, 
amounting to the Sum of 40 /. 16 J 8 d. Presented to the House for Allowance. 
Read and 
Resolved, That the Sum of Forty Pounds Sixteen Shillings and Eight Pence be 
Allowed and Paid out of the Publick Treasury, to William Paine, the Accomptant 
to Discharge his Accompt. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 
An Accompt of Edward Pell Painter, for Painting half of the Representatives 
Chamber, amounting to the Sum of 5 /. & 2 s. offer'd to the House for Payment. 
Read and 
Resolved, That the Sum of Five Pounds and Two Shillings, be Allowed & Paid out 
of the Publick Treasury to Edward Pell, the Accomptant to Discharge his Accompt. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
The List of Councellors sent to His Excellency the Governour this Morning: 
was Return'd to the House again, by the Members who carried it, His Excellency 
having Entred thereon as follows: viz. 

I Consent to this Election of Councellors, except Nathaniel By field Esq; 

Given under My Hand, J. DUDLEY. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



4 Journal of the House of Representatives 

1£enm£ 27 &?aii 1715. 

ORdered, That Capt. Noyes, Col. Thaxter, Mr. Parsons, Mr. Denison, and 
Capt. Fullam, be a Committee for Petitions to Examine the Matters and 
Allegations thereof, and report the same with their Opinion thereon to the 
House. 

A Petition of John Brigham, Hopestill Brown, and, Twenty-nine others, Pre- 
sented to the House and Read, Praying, That the Land lying between the Towns 
of Marlborough, Lancaster, Worcester and Hassanameesit, may be granted to 
them, and made a Township. 

Ordered, That the Petition be Rejected all the Names affixed thereto, except 
one being written by the same hand. 

A Petition of Francis Fullam and Daniel Livermore, both of Weston, Presented 
to the House and Read, Praying this Court to give them leave to Purchase a piece 
of Land, containing about Six Hundred Acres, Lying on the Easterly side of the 
Town of Oxford, of the Indian Owner thereof, called Mallalawing David, for 
Reasons therein expressed. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be committed to the Committee for Petitions. 

Ordered, That Capt. Noyes, Mr. Cooke, and Col. Thaxter, be a Committee to 
prepare the Draught of a Vote, to bring forward, the Running of the Line be- 
tween this Province and the Colony of Rhode-Island, pursuant to the Agreement 
of the Commissioners of the Two Governments for that end. 

A Petition of John Small-piece of Boston, who was very much wounded, by a 
Blast of Gunpowder, in the Burning of the Impost-Office, the last Winter, when 
he was attempting to save what he could therein; Presented to the House and 
Read, Praying some Allowance towards his Cure and Subsistence. 
In answer to the said Petition. [ 4 ] 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be Allowed and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to John Small-piece the Petitioner, towards his Relief. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Andrew Belcher and Addington Davenport Esqrs. brought down a Letter from 
His Excellency the Governour, dated yesterday at Roxbury, and directed to the 
Gentlemen of the Council and Representatives: Intimating that he is under such 
Bodily Illness, that he is unable at present to Attend the Court, but would have 
the Court Proceed in the Business that lies before them. 

And a Letter from Mr. Agent Dummer, dated at Whitehall, Decemb. 4th last, 
Directed to Mr. Secretary Addington, for the General Assembly: Which were 
Read. 

Mr. Edward Hutchinson, having Represented to this House, That he with Mr. 
John Watts, have now more than Ten Families, gone and ready to go, to Arowsick 
Island, to make a Settlement there. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 5 

Voted, That His Excellency the Governour be requested, now to order a Ser- 
jeant with Nineteen Sentinels, from Casco Fort, to Defend and Assist their Settle- 
ment, agreeable to the Vote of this Court in October last: The said Undertakers 
having likewise represented that convenient Barracks will be ready for their 
reception, by the time they can remove thither. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
A Report of the Committee, appointed by this Court, the 20th of last October, 
to Run the Line, between the Town of Groton, and the Plantation of Nashoba, 
offer'd to the House, and was Read accordingly. 
Resolved, That the Report be Accepted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

g>ahhtti 28 Uic ft^ait 17.15* 

CApt. Noyce from the Committee for Petitions, made Report to the House on 
the Petition of Francis Fullam, and Daniel Livermore, the prayer whereof 
was entred yesterday: That the Committee were of Opinion that the prayer of 
the Petition be granted. 

Resolved, That the prayer of the Petitioners be granted; Provided the Land be 
no Part of Land appropriated by the Government, and the Quantity exceeds not 
Seven Hundred Acres. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That Col. Adam Winthrop, Mr. William Paine, Mr. Elisha Cooke, Mr. 
Abraham Prebble, Mr. James Cazuley, and Luke Hitchcock Esq; be a Committee to 
joyn with such as the Honourable Board shall Nominate, to Prepare the Draught 
of a humble Address and Memorial to His Majesty, humbly to Represent, and 
lay before His Majesty, the present State of this Province. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Report of the Committee for Setling of the Eastern Parts of this Province: 
Offered to the House, and Read. 

A Petition of Joseph Morse Representative of the Town of Sherbourn, Presented 
to the House, and Read; Praying that a Plat of Four Thousand Acres of Land, 
(there-with exhibited) laid out and protracted by Thomas White Surveyor, pur- 
suant to a Grant of this Court, may be confirmed to the said Town. 

A Message from the Board by John Wheelwright, and John Clark Esqrs. De- 
siring the House to have a further consideration of the Memorial of the Council 
that manag'd the Government, after the Death of Lieut. Governour Stoughton, 
until the Arrival of His Excellency our present Governour. 

The said Memorial purporting as entred Feb. 20th 1713. Read. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next Three a Clock afternoon. [ 5 ] 



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3lunce 30 Die St^aii 1715* 

A Petition of Richard Coomes and Hephzibah his Wife Daughter of Joseph 
Newel, late of Roxbury, deceas'd, presented to the House & Read; Praying 
Relief from great wrong they suffer, by the Heirs of Florence Maccarty late of 
Boston, deceas'd, injuriously with-holding from them Lands that were her 
Father's, lying in Roxbury aforesaid; and for which they are without remedy in 
the Law. 

Ordered, That a hearing be granted on this Petition, before this Court, on 
Friday next at Ten a Clock in the forenoon: And that the Petitioners serve the 
adverse Party with a Copy of the Petition, and a Notification, That they may be 
heard, if they have any thing to Alledge why the prayer of the Petition should not 
be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Daniel Marsh Representative of the Town of Hadley, presented to 
the House & Read, praying, That a Tract of Land of Four Miles Square adjoy- 
ning to the said Town may be annexed, and made part thereof, Agreeable to a 
Grant of this Court, formerly made, That the said Quantity should be laid to them. 

And a Petition of Ebenezer Pumry and Nineteen others Inhabitants of the said 
Town, and the Town of Northampton; presented to the House & Read; Praying, 
That the said Lands, with others near adjoining may be Granted to them, to 
Settle and Form a Township there. 

Ordered, That the said Petitions be referr'd to further Consideration, at the 
Session of this Court in the next Autumn. 

And that in the mean time the Town of Hadley lay out their Grant, of Four 
Miles Square, made to them by the General Court in May 1683. by a skilful Sur- 
veyor, under Oath, either of the South-west, or North-east End of the said Town. 
That the Province Land lying between the said Town, and the Town of Spring- 
field, may not be cut in pieces, and made unfit for future Grants and Settlements, 
and return a Plat thereof to this Court for Confirmation. 

Whereas a great Number of Guns were fired yesterday, being the Lords Day, 
at Castle William, for which we are not sensible of any necessary occasion. 

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker be desired to wait on His Excellency the Governour, 
and inquire, Upon what occasion, and by whose order they were fired; and desire 
that for the future Orders may be given, That no Guns may be fired there on the 
Lord's Day, but in cases of necessity. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

partis 31 Me $$&ii 171 5. 

A Petition of Samuel Partridge Esq; Praying as entred the Third day of 
Novemb. last, Read again and Committed. 
Sundry Accompts of charge arising for the furnishing of Major John Stoddard, 



Journal of the House of Representatives 7 

and the Reverend Mr. John Williams, and their Attendants, to proceed on their 
Journey to Canada, Anno 1713. being sent by this Court to obtain the English 
Captives there. 

And Accompt of charge after their Return, and charge upon the Captives re- 
turn'd, Presented to the House for Allowance and Payment: Read and com- 
mitted to the Committee for Petitions. 

The following Report offered to the House, viz. We under-written, having been 
appointed by the Honourable General Assembly of this Province the \oth day 
of June, Anno 1714. To view a Tract of Land adjoyning to Brookfield on the 
South, and to Brimfield on the East, extending from Brookfield South-west Corner 
Eastward, Three Miles, in order to its being added to the Town of Brimfield, whose 
Bounds are straitned on the South, by the Partition Line of this Province, and 
the [ 6 ] Colony of Connecticut, and make Report thereof. Having strictly Meas- 
ured said Brimfield West Line, which we find to be Seven Miles & Sixteen Perch, 
as it Bounds on Springfield, tho' not so much Square off from the said Partition 
Line; and also the Distance between Springfield, and the South-west Corner of 
Brimfield, which we find to be Eight Miles one Quarter, and Twenty-two Perch, 
and no more; which said Tract is short of the Contents of Eight Miles Square, and 
withal very Mountainous, and uncapable to entertain a suitable Number of Fam- 
ilies, without an addition at the East End: Are therefore humbly of Opinion, That 
unless Three Miles be added, to the said Town of Brimfield, as described in the 
Subsequent Map; It will not be inviting nor capable to entertain a Suitable Num- 
ber of Families, according to the Direction of the Court, relating to the Settlement 
thereof; the said Eastermost End only being capable to entertain Inhabitants to 
Settle in a defensible manner. April 21. 1715. Signed, 

Joseph Parsons 
(only not present at the Measuring) 
John Partridge 
John Chandler. 

Read and Accepted. 
And Ordered, That the Report be accepted; And all the Land between the 
Province Line, and the South Line of Brookfield, for the Space of Three Miles 
from the East End of the Town of Brimfield, be Granted and Added to the said 
Town of Brimfield. Provided, It Intrench not upon the Four Miles Square, or- 
dered to be Surveyed for Wait-still Winthrop Esq; nor upon any other former 
Grant. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 
Ordered, That Mr. Cooke, Mr. Remington and Mr. William Paine, be a Com- 
mittee to consider what Acts are Expired, or near Expiring, that should be Re- 
vived or Continued; and prepare a Bill or Bills for the same; And to prepare and 
offer such other Bills, as they apprehend proper now to be Enacted. 



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Voted, That the right of this Province in and to the River commonly called 
Piscataqua River, be Asserted and Maintained. 
And in order there-unto: 

That a Breast-work for Six Guns be Erected in some convenient place, in the 
Town of Kittery, for the Defence of the River. 

That Six Guns with Shot and Carriages be Ordered to the Town of Kittery, 
upon their Erecting a Breast-work, & Platform, & obliging themselves to Maintain 
the same. 

That His Excellency be desired to give his Orders accordingly. 

That it is for His Majesty's Service, That there be a Naval Office kept in the 
Port of Kittery, to avoid the Unreasonable Duties or Impositions Exacted from 
the Inhabitants of this Province, passing in and out said River, by the Naval 
Officer of the Government of New-Hampshire. 

That all Ships or other Vessels that Load or Unload at the Port of Kittery, rje 
obliged to enter, and clear with the Naval Officer there, and Pay the Duties of Im- 
post and Powder Money according to Law. 

That all the Harbours in Kittery and Berwick, shall belong to the Port of Kittery. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Twenty-four Inhabitants of that Part of Hingham, called Coni- 
hasset, presented to the House and Read, praying, That they may be set off, and 
made a Separate or Distinct Precinct, as to the Publick Worship of God; for Rea- 
sons there-in mentioned. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Town of Hingham with a Copy of this 
Petition, and that they be heard before this Court, on the Eighth Day of June 
next, if they have any thing to offer why the prayer thereof should not be granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. [ 7 ] 

$o£t a$erifc>ienn 

Mr. Treasurer Allen Attended the House with his Accompts of the Treasury, 
which were Read, and he withdrew. 

Ordered, That Mr. Cooke, Mr. William Paine, Capt. Chambers, Mr. Remington, 
and Mr. Samuel Clap, be a Committee to Examine and Audit the Treasurers 
Accompts, and inspect the Vouchers of the several Payments: 
And make Report to the House. 

The Vote of this House pass'd the 27th Currant, for sending Twenty Men from 
Casco Fort to Arowsick Island, sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. 
In Council May 31 1715. Read and Concurr'd, and that His Excellency be De- 
sired, to add Ten Men more to the Garrison of Casco, for the present Exigence, 
and until further Order. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read. 



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The Vote of this House pass'd the 28th Currant, for a humbly Address to His 
Majesty, sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there May 31. 171 5. In Council, 
Read and Concurr'd ; And that the Settlement of the Eastern Parts, and the Affair 
of Cape Breton, now in the hands of the French, be particularly considered, in the 
said Address; and Elisha Hutchinson, Samuel Sewall, John Higginson, and Adding- 
ton Davenport Esqrs. are added to the Committee. 
Read and Concurr'd; and Sent up again. 

A Letter from Mr. Agent Dummer, to Mr. Secretary Addington, for the General 
Assembly, Dated April 5th 1715. Read. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



S^ercurii i Die ^unii 17 15. 

CApt. Noyes from the Committee for Petitions, made Report on the several 
Accompts of charge in the Out-set of Major Stoddard, and Mr. Williams 
for Canada, &c. which was accepted by the House, and the following Accompts 
allowed to be paid, viz. 



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9 15 00 



s 


17 


00 


3 


15 


00 


29 


18 


04 


12 
1 


04 


00 


} 2S 


00 


00 


22 


12 


10 


21 


01 


05 



To Dr. Robert Ellis his Accompt of Medicines & Attendance 

on Sick Captives, &c. 
To Mr. Thomas Tarbol his Accompt of Charge. 
To Joseph Kellog as per Accompt. 
To Martin Kellog as per Accompt. 

To Capt. Thomas Baker, Accompt of charge in his Sickness 
To the Honourable Samuel Partridge Esq; for his extraordinary ^ 

Service for Six Years in the late War. 
To Col. Samuel Partridges Accompt. N°. I. 
To Col. Samuel Partridges Accompt. N°. 2. 

/. 130 03 07 

Resolved, That the Sum of One Hundred and Thirty Pounds, Three Shillings, and 
Seven Pence, be Allowed, and paid out of the Publick Treasury, to the several Per- 
sons named in the above Accompts, according to the Sums annexed to their 
Names, for the Discharging of the said Accompts. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John and Matthew Whipple in behalf of the new Precinct in Ips- 
wich, presented to the House and Read, praying, That several other Families near 
to them in the said Town, may be added to the said Precinct. 

And a Petition of Sundry Persons, Praying that they may be annexed, and laid 
to the said Precinct. Read, and [ 8 ] 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Town of Ipswich with a Copy of both 



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these Petitions, who may be heard before this Court, if they have any thing to 
object against the prayers thereof, on the Tenth Day of this Month, if the Court 
continues Sitting so long, otherwise on the first Day of the next Session. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Pratt and Fifty-nine others, Inhabitants of the Easterly 
Part of Bridgewater, presented to the House & Read, praying, That they may be 
set off, and made a Separate Precinct, as to the Maintenance of the Gospel Min- 
istry. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Town of Bridgewater, with a Copy of 
this Petition, and that a Hearing be granted on the first Thursday, of the next 
Session of this Court, if they have any thing to Alledge, why the prayer thereof 
should not be granted. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

A new Piatt of the Grant of the Township of Sutton, Laid before the House for 
Allowance and Confirmation; which being Inspected. 

Ordered, That the said Piatt be Rejected, as not being agreeable to the Grant 
of this Court. 

Ordered, That all Platts of Land that shall be offered to this Court for Confir- 
mation, be hence-forward such, as the Surveyor and those who caryed the 
Chain, in Measuring the Land are under Oath, to a faithful and impartial per- 
formance of those Services. 

Some of the Members Informed the House that Mr. John Randall, who is re- 
turn'd Representative of the Town of Rochester, is a Profane person, and stands 
Convict of Scandalous Immorality's. 

Mr. Randall had Opportunity given him, to make his Defence. But he express'd 
himself unconcern'd to clear his Reputation. 

Whereupon he was Ordered to withdraw. 

The Question being put, Whether the House esteem the said Mr. Randall to be 
a person worthy to Sit as a Member of this House? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

Ordered, That the said Mr. John Randall be Expell'd this House. 

The said Mr. Randall was again call'd into the House. 

And Mr. Speaker acquainted him with the Vote, the House had pass'd. And 
that he was Expell'd the House. Whereupon he immediately Departed the 
House. 

Ordered, That a Precept be sent to the Town of Rochester, to Elect and Send a 
Representative to Attend His Majesty's Service in this House, on the loth 
Currant, and so de die in diem, during the Sessions thereof, in the room of the 
said Mr. Randall. And that they be Reprimanded for their abusing their Privi- 
lege, in Electing and Sending a person of such an Ignominious Character to 
Represent them. 



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A Memorial of some of the Ministers of the Gospel in this Province, Moving 
this Court to Countenance, and Assist the Calling of a Synod of the said 
Churches, by their Pastors and Delegates. Signed, 

3floseph currish 
3lobn SDanforttj 
XBenfamm Wa&sfoortl) 
dBbenef tx pemberton 
315enjamin Colman 
pmr tEbacher. 

Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council May 31. 1715. 
Read and Voted, That the Synod and Assembly above-mentioned, is agreeable to 
them, and the Reverend Ministers, are Desired to take their own time for the 
said Assembly, and earnestly wish the Issue thereof may be a happy Reforma- 
tion, in all the Articles of a Christian Life and Manners amongst His Majesty's 
good Subjects of this Province. Sent down for Concurrence. Read. [ 9 ] 

A Petition of Joseph Brown & Forty-two Others, Inhabitants of the East and 
West Precincts in the Town of Newbury, presented to the House and Read; pray- 
ing that they may be set off, and made a Separate Precinct for the Maintenance 
of the Publick Worship of God, which the Eastern Precinct have consented to, 
but as yet the Western have not. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Western Precinct, with a Copy of this 
Petition, and Notifie them that they may be heard, before this Court on Friday 
the Tenth Currant, if they have ought to alledge why the prayer thereof should 
not be granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act for Erecting of a Powder-house in 
Boston. Read a first time. 

Ordered, That a Precept be sent to the Town of Plymouth, to Elect & Send a Rep- 
resentative, in the room of James Warren Esq; deceased, to appear at this House 
the \oth day of June Currant, at Nine a Clock. 

A Petition of James Cawley Representative of the Town of Marblehead, pre- 
sented to the House and Read, praying that the said Town may be freed from the 
Obligation to Maintain a Gunner at the Fort, in the said Town, in time of Peace, 
which they are injoyned to do by an Order of this Court pass'd in October 1708. 
for reasons therein set forth. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Hammond, presented to the House and Read, praying 
that he may be allowed a proper Consideration, for his Time and Expences 
TenDayes in assisting with Others appointed by this Court, in April 1714, to 



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Discover and Determine a proper place for Setling a Town at or near Casco 
Bay. Committed. 

The Report of the Committee for Setling the Eastern Parts, Read again and 
committed to the Committee for Petitions to Report their Opinion what is proper 
to be done thereon. 

A Petition of Samuel Emery, and Samuel Moodey Ministers of the Towns of 
Wells and York, presented to the House and Read, Moving, That the Fort at 
Winter Harbour, may be supplyed with a Chaplain. Committed. 

A Petition of Thomas Tarboll, presented to the House and Read, praying con- 
sideration and allowance for his Time and Expences in going to Canada, with 
Major Stoddard & Mr. Williams, Anno 171 3. to recover the Captives. Committed. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act for Erecting of a Powder-house in 
Boston. Read a second time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^oirig 1 btc S'unii 1715* 

THe Committee appointed to Examine the Treasurers Accompts, Reported, 
That in these Accompts is an Article of Eight Pounds, given to the Troops 
that attended His Excellency the Governour, when he Re-assumed the Govern- 
ment; for which the Treasurer has no Warrant, from the Governour and Council 
directing its Payment. 

And the Question being put, Whether the said Article be allowed in the said 
Accompt? It pass'd in the Negative. 

Capt. Noyes from the Committee for Petitions, made Report on the Petition of 
Thomas Tarboll, viz. That they are of Opinion that nothing is due from the Prov- 
ince to the said Tarboll, since he proceeded as a Volunteer in that Service to Can- 
ada, & not imployed by the Government, but recommended him to the favour of 
the House. 

Which was accepted by the House. And the House considering the Service he 
had done: [ 10 ] 

Resolved, That the Sum of Ten Pounds be Allowed and Paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to Mr. Thomas Tarboll the Petitioner for his Service mentioned in his 
Petition, being Voluntary. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Mr. Cooke from the Committee appointed to Examine the Treasurers Ac- 
compts, made Report, &c. 

The Committee having perused the Treasurers Accompts for the Year 1714 in 
which he chargeth himself with the Sum of Eighty-three Thousand Eight Hundred 
and One Pounds, Ten Shillings and Eleven Pence. 

We find that he has Discharged himself by Order of the Governour and Coun- 
cil, of the Sum of Fifty One Thousand Three Hundred & Four pounds One Shill- 



Elisha Cooke jun, 
' Cha. Chambers 
Samuel Clap 
James Remington 



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ing and Nine pence; and that there is standing out, Seven Thousand, Seven Hun- 
dred and Seventy Five pounds, Three Shillings and Eight pence, of the Taxes; 
Fourteen Thousand Two Hundred & Nine pounds & Two pence, Neat Province 
Bills, for the Exchange of Bills. Six Thousand and Forty Nine pounds, Eleven 
Shillings and Two pence, Neat Province Bills. Four thousand Four hundred and 
Sixty three pounds Fourteen Shillings and two pence, Province Bills, with the 
Five per Cent, advance thereon, to be drawn into the Treasury; being in the 
whole, Thirty two thousand Four hundred Eighty nine pounds Nine Shillings and 
two pence, which he is further to be Accountable for, besides Twenty thousand 
two hundred and Forty One pounds of Powder in the Powder-house. 

And that he has remaining in his hands, Three thousand Nine hundred and 
Fourteen pounds thirteen shillings and four pence, to Defray the charges of the 
Year One thousand Seven hundred and Fifteen. 

William Paine 

Boston, 

June 2 d. Committee 

1715. 

Read and Accepted. 

The Accompts of Mr Jer. Allen, Treasurer and Receiver General of this Pro- 
vince beginning the 31 Day of May, 1714. and continued unto the 26th Day of 
May, 1715. Amounting unto the Sum of Eighty three thousand eight hundred & 
One pounds ten shillings & eleven pence, having been presented & laid before the 
House of Representatives, and Inspected by said House, by which it appears 
there was standing out on the said 26th Day of May, Seven thousand seven hun- 
dred & seventy-five pounds three shillings and eight pence, of the Taxes; Four- 
teen thousand two hundred and nine pounds, and two pence, Neat Province Bills, 
for the Exchange of Bills. Of Six thousand & forty nine pounds, eleven shillings 
and two pence, Neat Province Bills, and Four thousand four hundred and sixty 
three pounds fourteen shillings and two pence Province Bills, with the Five per 
Cent, advance thereon, to be drawn into the Treasury and further Accompted for. 

Voted, That the said Accompts in the several Articles of Receipts, and Pay- 
ments therein mentioned, Amounting unto the Sum of Fifty One thousand three 
hundred and Four pounds, One shilling and Nine pence, Be and are hereby Ap- 
proved and Allowed of, and the said Treasurer is hereby Discharged of the said 
Sum of Fifty One thousand three hundred and Four pounds One shilling and 
Nine pence. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Vote of this House, on a Plat of Two Hundred Acres of Land, (a Grant 
formerly made to Thomas Eames) passed, Octob. 29. 1714. not being that Session 
pass'd upon in Council. 

Ordered, That the said Vote be Revived and Sent up for Concurrence. 



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A Petition of the Children, and Heirs of Mr. John Haynes late of Sudbury, de- 
ceas'd, presented to the House and Read, praying for the Confirmation of their 
Title, to a certain Tract of Land, formerly bought by the said Deceased, of Joseph 
Robins, and Benjamin Antony, Indians. Committed. [ 11 ] 

IN Consideration that the Trade of this Province is greatly Obstructed, and Sunk by 
the Exportation of the Coin, & for want of a Medium of Exchange: and the only 
Medium now passing in Trade, is the Bills of Public k Credit, which are so far drawn 
in already, That it is a Difficulty, next to an Impossibility for this Province to pay the 
Tax of Twenty-two Thousand Pounds, Granted to be raised this Year, within the 
same. 

And Considering, That no Damage will accrue to the Publick, or to Private Persons, 
but Conveniency & Advantage to both, by Protracting the Payment of Part of the said 
Tax to a further convenient time. 

Voted, That Eleven Thousand Pounds only of the said Sum be Levied, and Col- 
lected this present Year; and that the Impost and Excise be a Fund and Security 
for Drawing in the Sum of Four Thousand Pounds more thereof. 

And that the remaining Sum of Seven Thousand Pounds be Levied, at the Ses- 
sion of this Court in May, 1722. and Paid in to the Treasury by the last Day of 
December next after. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That Col. Winthrop, Capt. Noyes, Col. Thaxter, Mr. Parsons, Mr. 
Epps, and Capt. Arnold, be a Committee to Inquire after a Suitable & Convenient 
House, for the Reception & Entertainment of His Excellency Col. Burges, our ex- 
pected Governour, when he shall Arrive, and to make Report to the House. 

A Petition of the Select-men of the Town of Newton, presented to the House 
and Read, praying this Court to send a Committee, to View the said Town, and 
Consider of and Determine the most convenient Place for the Erecting a Meeting 
House for the Publick Worship, that shall best accommodate the whole Town. 
Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council, May 31. 171 5. 
Read & Accepted. And the last Committee whereof John Otis Esq; was Chair- 
man, are appointed a Committee, to go upon the Place, and prefix the certain 
Spot, for Erecting a Meeting House; and this to be a final Settlement of the Town 
referring to the Place, for Erecting a House, for the Publick Worship of God. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

Vcncn$ 3 Die ^unii 171 5. 

A Petition of Isaac Amsden and Sixty-six Others Inhabitants of the Town of 
Marlborough, presented to the House and Read, praying that an Addition 
may be made to the said Town, of certain Lands lying between it, and the South 
Line of the Town of Lancaster, and of Sundry Farms adjoining to them. 



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And a Petition of several Inhabitants of the said Farms, Read, praying that 
they may be annexed to the Town of Marlborough. 
Referr'd to consideration at the next Session. 

A Petition of the Inhabitants of the first, and eldest Precinct, in the East part 
of the Town of Springfield, presented to the House and Read, praying that the 
Lands belonging to them, which lie within the Precinct called Long Meadow Pre- 
cinct, may be Excused for paying to the Ministry there, and pay to the first Pre- 
cinct. 

And the Question being put, Whither the prayer of the Petition be granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Motion being made by Joseph Parsons Esq; Asking leave to bring in a Bill 
for the preservation of Pine Trees: 

Ordered, That Mr. Parsons have leave to bring in a Bill for the preservation of 
Pine Trees. 

The Petition of Joseph Morse, praying, as entred the 28th May last. Read 
again. The Surveyor that took the Plat therein referr'd to, being Sworn. And the 
following Vote pass'd and entred on the Plat, viz. This Plat having been pre- 
sented for Confirmation, and Viewed and Inspected by the House. [ 12 ] 

Ordered, That the Land therein Described be Allowed, Granted, and Confirmed 
to the Town of Sherbourn, as an equivalent for the Seventeen Families laid to 
Framingham, Mentioned in the Plat: Provided it intrench upon no former Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Green of Salem, presented to the House and Read, pray- 
ing, That a Surveyor may be appointed to lay out a Farm formerly Granted, to 
Marshal General Mitchelson (the laying out of that, and Mr. Green the Printer's 
Farm Interfering with one another.) Committed. 

A Petition of John Brigham, and thirty Others, presented to the House and 
Read, praying, That a Tract of Land lying between Marlborough, Lancaster, 
Worcester and Assanomisco, may be Granted to them with the Privileges of a Town- 
ship; Reserving to the Interested such prior Grants as are therein included. 
Referr'd to further Consideration at the Sext Session. 

The Petition of Joseph Hammond, praying as entred the first Currant, further 
considered and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was Accepted by the 
House, and accordingly, In answer to the said Petition: 

Resolved, That the Sum of Five pounds be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to Mr. Joseph Hammond the Petitioner, for his Service set forth in his 
Petition. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Vote of this House pass'd the 2jth of May last, for Souldiers to Cover the 
Settlement at Arrowsick Island, sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. 
In Council, May 31. Read and Concurr'd, and that His Excellency be desired to 
add Ten Men more to the Garrison at Casco for the present Exigency, and until 



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further Order. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Committed to 

the Committee for Petitions. 

A Memorial of Samuel Partridge Esq; the Representatives of the several 
Towns of the County of Hampshire, and Others, presented to the House & Read, 
praying, That a Committee may be appointed, to Discover the most convenient 
Course, for a Cart-way to be made in, from Marlborough, to Brookfield, to Spring- 
field, and from Brookfield, to Hadley; and Report a Calculation of what they sup- 
pose it may Cost to make such Roads passable, in order to it's being done. 

Ordered, That Col. Thaxter, Mr. William Wilson, & Joseph Parsons Esq; be a 
Committee to Discover & Report the most convenient Course for the Roads pro- 
posed in the said Memorial, together with a Computation of the charge it will 
probably Demand to make them passable. Provided the Petitioners, or the 
County of Hampshire, will bear the charge of the Committee. Sent up for 

Concurrence. 

Capt. Noyes, from the Committee appointed to consider of a Suitable Place for 
the Reception & Entertainment of Col. Burges upon His Arrival to this Govern- 
ment. Reported, That inasmuch as there is no Suitable House to be Let, and the 
Mansion House, Land & Garden, &c. of Peter Sergeant Esq; deceas'd is now upon 
Sale: The Committee are of Opinion that it would be for the Interest & Benefit of 
this Province to purchase the same for their Use & Improvement. 

The Petition of Joseph Green, praying as entred this Day, further considered, 
and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, and 
accordingly, 

Ordered, That the Petitioner may Imploy an able Sworn Surveyor with Men 
under Oath to carry the Chain, to lay out so much of the Province Land adjoin- 
ing to Mitchilson , s Farm, as by mistake was taken up of Green's Farm, in the first 
laying out of Mitchelson's Farm, so as that the said Mitchelson's Farm, may con- 
tain three hundred Acres, as at first Granted; and lay a Plat thereof before this 
Court for Confirmation. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 13 ] 

Complaint having been made to this House the first of this Instant June, That Mr. 
Samuel Sternes, a Member of this House iff Representative of the Town of Water- 
town, and Treasurer of the said Town, has opposed the Execution of the Orders of this 
Court, relating to the Maintenance of the Ministry in the said Town. 

And Mr. Sternes at his Desire, had time given him till this Day to make answer to 
the Complaint, which he did; several of his friends in the said Town, together with the 
Complainents, being present; And both Parties having been heard, they withdrew. 

And Mr. Sternes was Directed to withdraw until he is called for. 
After some Debate: 

The Question was put, Whether the House is of Opinion that Mr. Sternes is guilty 



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of Opposing the Execution of the Orders of this Court relating to the Maintenance of 
the Ministry in Watertownl 

And it pass d in the Negative. 

Ordered, That Mr. Sternes be called in, and have a caution given him in the 
words following, viz. 

Mr. Sternes, This House have been so tender as not to Vote you guilty of Op- 
posing the Orders of this Court in the Articles complain'd of against you. Yet 
they are very sensible you have not so encouraged & promoted Obedience there- 
unto as the publick Station, you have stood in, have Obliged you to do: And 
therefore caution you for the future to be very careful that you do not by word or 
deed Encourage a Disobedience to them. 

But Advise & Exhort you, to use all proper Methods agreeable to your Duty as 
a Christian, a Member of this Court, and an Officer in the Town, to promote and 
forward a compliance, with the Orders of this Court, for the Support of the Minis- 
try in your Town, that there be no further Disputes, or Differences about the 
raising the Maintenance of your Ministers, so plainly Directed in the Orders of 
this Court. And in that Expectation, we continue & entertain you a Member of 
this Honourable House. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act for Erecting a Powder-house in 
Boston. Read a third time. 

Ordered, That the Bill do pass to be Engrossed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^afefeati 4 fcie^unit 171 $. 

A Petition of Constant Freeman Representative of the Town of Truro, pre- 
sented to the House & Read, praying, That the Province Land at Cape 
Cod, not included within the Bounds of any Township, may be added to the 
Town of Truro, and so be brought under Government; Or else that the Inhabi- 
tants there may not belong to the Constablerick of the said Town, for reasons 
therein mentioned. 
Committed. 
A Report of the Committee for Petitions, on the Report of the Committee for 
Setling of the Eastern Parts of this Province. Read and Debated, Paragraph by 
Paragraph: And several Paragraphs Voted with some Amendments. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Tuesday Morning Nine a Clock. 

&$artig 7 hit ^xinii 1715, 

A Petition of Samuel Partridge Esq; John Stoddard Esq; and Henry Dzvight; 
the Committee for Setling of the Town of Northfield, presented to the 
House & Read, praying the Direction of this Court, in several Articles relating to 
the Settlement of the said Place. Committed. [ 14 ] 



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A Bill Intituled, An Act for altering the Time for the holding the Courts of General 
Session of the Peace, iff Inferiour Court of Common Pleas, within the County of Barn- 
stable, pass'd at the Board to be Engross'd. Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read a first time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act against Burglary, pass'd at the Board to be Engross'd. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read a first time. 

A Plat of One Hundred Acres of Land laid out by Thomas White Surveyor, con- 
tiguous to the Town of Mendon, being imployed by the Heirs of Simon Broad- 
street Esq; deceased, formerly Governour of the late Colony of the Massachusetts- 
Bay, pursuant to a Grant of this Court, made Novemb. 21. 1702. Presented to the 
House for confirmation. 

Ordered, That the Lands so Platted be confirmed to such of the Heirs of Simon 
Broadstreet Esq; as of Right the said Grant doth belong. Provided it doth not ex- 
ceed the Quantity of One Thousand Acres, nor intrench upon any former Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Isaac Hubbard and Thirteen Others, Proprietors of the Town of 
Swampfield, presented to the House and Read, praying, That the said Township 
may be Inlarged, by the Addition of more Land thereto. Committed. 

A Petition of Mary Cole of Boston, Widow, presented to the House and Read, 
praying, That she may be Enabled to Mortgage the House & Lands which were 
her late Husbands Henry Cole's, for 400 /. to redeem them from a Mortgage of 
300 /. and to pay other Debts. 

The Report of the Committee for Petitions, upon the Report of the Committee 
for Setling the Eastern Parts of this Province, further considered, and some other 
Paragraphs thereof Voted. 

A Message from the Board, That according to the Order of the Day, Mr. 
Speaker and the House now come up to attend two Hearings. 

The One upon the Petition of Layering of London, per John Merion his At- 
torney, Kimball of Watertown the adverse party. 

The Other on the Petition of Richard Coomes, & Hephzibah his Wife. The Heirs 
of Florence Maccarty the adverse party. 

Mr. Speaker, and the House went up accordingly, and the said Hearings being 
finish'd Return'd to their own Chamber. 

The Vote of this House, pass'd the 2 d. of June, Instant, for Raising the Tax of 
Eleven Thousand pounds only this Year, t$c. Sent down from the Board, not 
Concurr'd. Read, and further consider'd, and 

Ordered, That the said Vote be Insisted on and sent up again. 

A Petition of Jonathan Hastings of Cambridge, presented to the House, and 



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Read, praying, That he may be enabled to have a Hearing of Two Actions be- 
tween him and Job Bull of Boston, who Married Sarah the Widow of Richard 
Sherin, before the next Superiour Court of Judicature, to be holden at Charls- 
town; having Appealed from the Judgment of the Inferiour Court, to the Superi- 
our Court, and by a Mistake in his reasons of Appeal, both his Actions were Dis- 
mist, by the Superiour Court. 

Ordered, That the Petitioner serve the adverse Party with a Copy of the Peti- 
tion, and Notifie them that they may be heard before this Court on Friday next, 
if they have Plea to make why the prayer thereof should not be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Report of the Committee, for Petitions upon the Report of the Committee 
for Setling the Eastern Parts of this Province, further considered, and the remain- 
ing Paragraphs thereof Voted with some Amendments; and the whole is as fol- 
lows, viz. In answer to the Proposals of Thomas Hutchinson & John Wintworth 
Esqrs. in behalf [ 15 ] of themselves & Partners, recommended by the Com- 
mittee of the Eastern Claims, for the Setling of Two Towns forthwith in a regu- 
lar & defensible manner. 

Voted, That the said Towns proposed to be Setled be accepted, and encouraged 
according to their Report. 

That the Land Platted for a Town from Pejepscot Falls, to Macquoil in Casco 
Bay be Constituted a Township, to be Laid out; the quantity of Six Miles Square, 
as the Land will allow; and be called by the Name of Brunswick, to be forthwith 
Setled in a defensible manner. 

That the Other Town Platted in a Square of a Mile, to the Eastward of Am- 
broscogging River, fronting to Merry Meeting Bay, be allowed & accepted by the 
Name of Topsham, and be Platted & Laid out, the quantity of Six Miles Square, 
as the Land will allow; and a Return made in some convenient time to this Hon- 
ourable Court. 

Voted, That for the Satisfaction & Encouragement of those that offer to Settle 
in the said Towns, that this Court give a Confirmation to their Purchase, as 
Bounded and laid down in their Proposals, with a Saving for any and all other 
Grants, Titles, Interest, or Estates that may be found within the same. And par- 
ticularly, that of Harvard College, and with a reservation of the Rights, Improve- 
ments & Possessions of any Inhabitants or Proprietors. Provided always, and it is 
to be understood that those persons shall be subject to such regulations of this 
Court, as has been made for their Settling in a defensible manner. 

Voted, That the said Townships be freed from the Province Taxes, for the space 
of Five Years, from their first Setting down; and this Court do encourage the 
Ministry, as shall appear reasonable unto them. Provided, That the Proposers on 
their part, perform what they offer of Encouraging a Ministry, Minister & 
Schools, and Proceeding forthwith, to Grant such Tracts in Fee to such as will 



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Settle there. And in order to the Covering these Settlements the Stone Fort near 
Pejepscot Falls be repaired, and that Fifteen Men, One of which to be a Serjeant, 
with a Commission Officer upon Ensignes Pay, be placed there for the Protection & 
Assistance of the New Settlements, in the room of the Fort, or Trading House at 
Casco, which being much out of Repair, We are of Opinion, It is for His Majesty's 
Service, It be slighted and no longer continued. That his Excellency the Gover- 
nour be desired to give his Orders accordingly, and also for the Inlisting Five Men, 
which with Ten Men taken from Casco makes the Complement for Brunswick. 

And in answer to the Representation of A4r. Edward Hutchinson, They humbly 
offer that the other Twenty Men of the Complement, that is now at Casco be re- 
moved to Arrowsick Island for their Covering, for the space of Six Months, and no 
more, agreeable to the Grant of the General Court. 

Voted, That Major John Wheelwright, Mr. Abraham Prebble, Mr. Joseph Ham- 
mond, Charles Frost Esq; Mr. John Leighton, and any Three of them be a Com- 
mittee, to Prosecute the regular Settlements, of the Eastern Frontier, and that in 
answer to the Petition of the Proprietors of Cape Porpus, and Black Point to the 
Committee for Claims, the said Committee be Directed to lay out the Town 
Plats, in a regular and defensible manner, at the charge of the Proprietors, and of 
such other Town as shall offer agreeable to the Order of Court. 

Voted, That the Memorial offered by the Reverend Mr. Samuel Emery, and 
Mr. Samuel Moodey, be referred to the said Committee, to Report to this Court 
the State of Winter Harbour. 

Voted, That agreeable to the Committee of Claims Report, relating to a Road 
to the Eastern Settlements. We are of Opinion that it is necessary that a Road be 
laid out in the most convenient Place, from Wells or Newitchawanock to Pejepscot 
Falls, as shall be thought most convenient & practicable, and a Computation 
made of the charge, be laid before this Court; and that it be an Instruction to the 
said Committee, to cause the same to be Surveyed, & to make their Report of the 
Place & charge. And that a Committee of both Houses be appointed to prepare 
the Draught of an [ 16 ] Act, for settling and quieting the Titles of the Lands that 
are to the Eastward of Piscataqua River. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Complaint being made to the House that Capt. Benjamin Stevens, One of the Mem- 
bers thereof, Representative of the Town o/Andover, was within the time of the present 
Session, viz. Yesterday Arrested in a Civil Action, by Benjamin Coker, Under Sher- 
iff of the County of Essex, by virtue of a Warrant granted by Joseph Woodbridge 
Esq ; Justice of Peace; which is an Indignity offered to this House, a manifest Breach 
of the Privilege thereof, y a Transgression of the Law of this Province. 

Ordered, That Mr. Justice Woodbridge, and Mr. Under-Sheriff Coker, be Sum- 
moned by Warrant from Mr. Speaker forthwith to appear before this House to 
answer for their so doing. 



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Ordered, That Mr. Seth Szveetsor of Charlestown, be impowered, & imployed as a 
Messenger of this House to go and Serve the said Summons. 

A Petition of Serjeant Daniel Tucker, presented to the House & Read, praying 
for Consideration & Allowance to be Granted to him towards his Support, being 
under Cure of a Gun-shot Wound he received in the Service against the Indian 
Enemy, in the late War. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Ten Pounds be Allowed, and Paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to Daniel Tucker the Petitioner, towards his Support. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Brookfield, presented to the House 
and Read, praying, That the Lands of Non-Resident Proprietors, and other unoc- 
cupied Lands in the said Town, may be made liable to Town Assessments, for 
reasons therein rendred. Committed. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

St^ercurii 8 &te S^unii 1715* 

A Petition of Wait Winthrop Esq ; praying, That the Committee appointed to 
lay out the Town of Brimfield, may be forbidden to proceed therein, so as to 
Encroach upon a Tract of Land belonging to him at Tantiusques, or the Black 
Lead Mine Hill. And that he may be Allowed to take a Plat of his Land there by 
an able Surveyor at his own charge, and lay the same before this Court for Con- 
firmation. Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council June ^.th 
1715. Read and Ordered, That the prayer of this Petition be Granted. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and 

Ordered, That the prayer of the said Petition be so far Granted, That the Peti- 
tioner may imploy at his own charge an able Surveyor, with Chain-men under 
Oath, to lay out Four Miles Square of Land, which shall include the Black Lead 
Mines, that have been Opened in the Hill Tantiusques, mentioned in the Petition, 
without Intrenching on any former Grant; and present a Plat thereof, to this 
Court for Confirmation at their Session the next Autumn; and that the Surveyor 
and Chain-men were under Oath, to be certified on the Plat. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board, That Mr. Speaker, and the House, now come up to 
the Council Chamber, to attend the Hearing Ordered to be this day, upon the 
Petition of that Part of Hingham called Conihasset, praying they may be made a 
Separate Precinct. 

Mr. Speaker, and the House went up accordingly, and when the Petioners, and 
the other Part of the said Town had been fully heard, they withdrew. And Mr. 
Speaker and the House return'd to their own Chamber. [ 17 ] 

A Memorial of Capt. Zechariah Tuthil Victualler of His Majesty's Garrison at 



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Castle William, presented to the House & Read, praying the Court to Direct and 
Order him a meet Allowance per Man, for his Victualling of the said Garrison for 
the Year next coming. Committed. 

$ogt St^eritiiem. 

The Memorial of the Reverend Ministers, Moving that a Synod be Assembled, 
which was Read the first Instant. Read again and upon a Motion being made, 

Ordered, That any of the Subscribers thereof be admitted into the House, when 
they shall desire it, to Speak to their Memorial. 

The Petition of that part of the Town of Hingham, called Conihassel, upon 
which a Hearing was had this Day: Sent down from the Board, passed upon there. 
viz. In Council, June 8th 1715. A Hearing having been upon this Petition, Or- 
dered, That John Cushing, Thomas Fitch, Thomas Oliver & Edmund Quinsey 
Esqrs. or any three of them be a Committee, with such as the Representatives 
shall add to them, to Repair to Hingham, giving a Weeks Notice to the Select- 
men of the Town, that they may appoint & warn a Town-Meeting. And that the 
said Committee do proceed to hear the Town, and the Petitioners on the Articles 
mentioned in the Petition. And that they use all means that the Petitioners may 
be peaceably established in the Support of a Minister at Conihasset, as is desired; 
and that they make Report of their proceedings, to the next Session of the Gen- 
eral Assembly. Sent down for Concurrence. Read & Concurr'd; Provided, That 
two Months time be first allowed to the Petitioners to apply themselves in a suit- 
able manner to the Town, that the affair may in the most peaceable Method be 
accommodated amongst themselves. But if after the said time is Expired, the Pe- 
titioners (having so applied themselves without success) Do attend the Commit- 
tee herein Constituted, with their Desire, That in such Case, Capt. Stephen 
French, Seth Arnold Esqr; Mr. John Ward, Capt. Isaac Little, and Col. Adam 
Winthrop, (any Four of them to be a Quorum as to this House) are Nominated to 
joyn with the Committee of the Honourable Board, for the Service above-men- 
tioned. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act against Burglary, Read a 2d, and a 3d time, and 

Resolved, A Concurrence that the Bill be Engross'd with the Amendments an- 
nexed. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for altering the time for holding the Courts of General Ses- 
sion of the Peace, & Inferiour Court of Common Pleas, within the County of Barn- 
stable. Read a 2d. & a 3d. time, and 

Resolved, a Concurrence that the Bill be Engross'd, with the Amendments an- 
nex'd. 

The Petition of David Lovering by John Merion his Attorney, on which there 
was a Hearing Yesterday: Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In 



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Council, June 8th. 1715. on consideration of the Allegations Yesterday in the 
Hearing upon this Petition. Ordered, That the Petition be Dismissed. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Petition of Josiah Chapin of Mendon Esqr; presented to the House & Read, 
Shewing, That in the Year 1664. the General Court Granted to his late Father 
Samuel Chapin, Two Hundred Acres of Country Land, which Grant was laid out 
as was supposed without the Bounds of the said Town, but is since upon Running 
the Line found to be within them. Praying, That he may be allowed to take up 
and lay out the said Grant of Two Hundred Acres, in another place in the Prov- 
ince Land, where it may be found. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be Granted : And that the Land be laid 
out in a proper regular Form, by an able Surveyor, and Chain-men under Oath; 
the Plat thereof to be laid before this Court, for Approbation. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 18 ] 

^otoig 9 tiie ^unii 1715* 

MR. Cooke from the Committee appointed to prepare the Draught of such 
Bills, as were proper now to be Enacted, Offered to the House the follow- 
ing Bills, viz. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Reviving & further Continuing several Rates y Duties 
of Impost y. Tunnage of Shipping, &c. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Preserving, Increasing y Securing Naval 
Stores, particularly, Tar, Turpentine, y Rozin, within this Province. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the more due Is 'equal Raising of Money, for Defray- 
ing of the Charges arising in each respective County, within this Province. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Reviving y Continuing, An Act for Raising an 
Excise upon Wines, Liquors, and other Strong Drinks, Sold by Retail, &c. 
All which were Read the first time. 

Agreeable to the Vote of the House Yesterday, the Reverend Mr. Wadsworth, 
Mr. Pemberton & Mr. Colman, were admitted into the House, and by Sundry 
Arguments inforc'd the Memorial of the Reverend Ministers, for the Convening 
of a Synod, and with-drew. 

Upon a Motion being made; 

Ordered, That the Reverend Dr. Increase Mather, with any Other of the Rever- 
end Ministers that Desire it, may be heard before this House upon the said Me- 
morial, at Four a Clock this day. 

A Petition of Simeon Stoddard Esq; and 189 Others Principally Inhabitants of 
the Town of Boston, presented to the House & Read, praying, That a Medium of 
Exchange in Trade, may be provided by this Court, for Reasons therein set forth. 



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Agreeable to the Order of the House this Day the Reverend Dr. Increase 
Mather, was admitted into the House, and Assigned several Reasons why he 
thought that a Synod should not be Convened at this time, as was moved by the 
Memorial of the Reverend Ministers, and with-drew. 

Ordered, That a Light-house be Erected at the charge of this Province, at the 
Entrance of the Harbour of Boston, on the same Place and Rates proposed in a 
Bill, projected for the Town of Boston'?, doing it, accompanying this Vote; and 
that a Bill be drawn accordingly. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. In Council June gth 1715. 
Ordered, That Andrew Belcher, Thomas Fitch Esqrs. and Mr. Treasurer Allen, 
with such as the Representatives shall appoint, be a Committee to Inspect the 
former Grants & Funds, of the General Court, in order to the setling the Tax for 
this present Year, and Report the same. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Non-concurr'd. 

The Petition of Mary Cole, praying as entred the 7th Currant. Read again, and 
sent up. 

An Accompt of Rowland Dike of the charge of his Dining this House on the last 
Day of Election of Councellors, Amounting to 12 /. 15 s. presented to the House 
for Allowance and Payment. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twelve Pounds and Fifteen Shillings, be allowed and 
paid out of the Publick Treasury to Rowland Dike, the Accomptant to Discharge 
the said Accompt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Capt. Noyes from the Committee for Petitions made Report on the Memorial 
of Capt. Zechariah Tuthil that was Committed Yesterday, which was accepted by 
the House, and accordingly, 

Ordered, That Four Shillings & Ten Pence, half Peny per Man per Week, be Al- 
lowed for the Victualling of the Garrison at Castle William, for the space of One 
Year next coming. [ 19 ] 

And that no person whatsoever, Voluntarily Inlisting himself for His Majesty's 
Service at the said Castle, shall upon any Occasion whatsoever be removed from 
thence for Service else-where. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Capt. Noyes from the Committee for Petitions, made Report, on the several 
Petitions after named, which were accepted by the House, and the following 
Orders agreeable there-unto passed thereon, viz. 

The Petition of the Town of Truro, praying as entred the 4th Currant. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners Serve the Inhabitants of the Precinct at Cape 
Cod, or the Principal of them, with a Copy of this Petition, That they may shew 
Reason, if any they have, why the prayer thereof should not be Granted, on the 
first Tuesday of the next Session of this Court. And also, why they do not Enter- 



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tain a Learned Orthodox Minister of the Gospel, to dispense the Word of God to 
them, as they are Directed, by an Act of this Court, made the last Year for that 
end. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Brookfield, praying as entred 
the Jth Currant. 

Ordered, That for Seven Years next coming all Town Assessments, in Brookfield 
be Raised on Polls, as the Law directs, and on the Real Estates of the Non-Resi- 
dent as well as the Resident, Proprietors exclusive of Personal Estate, which the 
Committee for Setling the said Town, are hereby Directed and fully Impowred to 
Levy and Collect accordingly; so long as they shall be continued by this Court. 

And to take care the Town be Setled in the most regular, compact, and defen- 
sible manner that may be. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of the Committee for Setling the Town of Northfield, praying as 
entred the Jth Currant. 

Ordered, That the Order of this Court, passed at their Session in Febr. Anno 
1713. for Settlement of the Town of Northfield, be further continued for three 
Years more. That the Committee be Directed to Setle the Town in the most regu- 
lar, and defensible manner that may be. That all Town Taxes in Northfield for the 
Space of Five Years next coming, be Rais'd on Polls as the Law directs, and on 
the Lands that are or shall be Divided, or Allotted out; and that where a General, 
or Common Field, or Fields, is agreed upon to be Fenced in for Improvement, 
The Proprietors of the Inclosed Land shall Pay their just Proportion towards the 
charge of Making and Maintaining the Fence, whether they Improve their Land 
or no; and if any such Proprietors are out of the Province, and cannot be come at 
by Law to Pay their just Proportion of such charge, then their inclosed Lands, 
shall stand chargeable there-with until it is paid. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

Benm£ lobie^unit 1715* 

A Copy of the Sermon, Preached by the Reverend Mr. Jeremiah Shepard on 
the last day of the Election of Councellors, laid before the House by the 
Committee appointed to procure the same. 

Ordered, That Mr. William Paine, and Mr. Cooke be a Committee, to agree for 
the Printing thereof, at the most reasonable Rate they can, and to Reserve One 
of the Books for each of the Members of this Court, and of the Ministers of the 
several Towns, and to present the Author with Thirty. 

A Petition of Thomas Fitch, Oliver Noyes, Nathanael Cary, Charles Chambers, 
and Samuel Greenwood, a Committee appointed by this Court, to provide Sundry 
necessaries for the Train of Artillery, &c. Directed by Her late Majesty, to be here 



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provided, for the Expedition against Canada, Anno 171 1. And for the Sums they 
advanced in that Service, They received Bills of Exchange Drawn by His Ex- 
cellency [ 20 ] the Governour, upon the Lord High Treasurer of Great Britain, 
none of which nor any part of the said Bills have been yet paid. And the Petition- 
ers had the Loan of 3812 /. 8 s. yd. Granted to them in Bills of Publick Credit 
out of the Publick Treasury; in consideration of their being in Advance in, and 
for that Service, and which they are oblig'd to Pay into the Treasury in July 
next; presented to the House & Read, pray the continuance of the said Loan 
for One Year more. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the said Petition be granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Nathanael Henchman of Boston Merchant, presented to the House 
and Read, shewing, That he Received of the Ten Thousand pounds Loan of Prov- 
ince Bills, Anno 1711. the Sum of Fourteen Hundred pounds, which he disbursed 
to pay off Transports, that were taken up on Her Majesty's Accompt in the Ex- 
pedition to Canada, Anno 171 1. and took Bills of Exchange on the Lord High 
Treasurer of Great Britain for the same, to the Sum of 996. /. 18 s. 8 d. Ster- 
ling, payable at 30 days sight: But no part of the said Bills is yet paid, and praying 
the continuation of the Loan of the said Fourteen Hundred pounds for One 
Year more. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomas Patch and Four more Inhabitants of the Town of Wen- 
ham, presented to the House & Read, Complaining that those who were Select- 
men of the said Town the last Year, did in an unjust manner Draw Money out of 
the Treasury of the said Town, & praying this Court to take Cognizance of, & 
Redress the wrong. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners forth-with Serve Samuel Kemball, John Porter, 
William Rogers, and Caleb Kemball, who were Select-men of Wenham the last 
Year, and Samuel Porter, that was then Constable, with a Copy of this Petition, 
and direction to appear before this Court on Friday the ijth Currant, to answer 
the Complaint thereof. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Francis Allen of the Town of Kittery, presented to the House and 
Read, Shewing that before Berwick was set off, a Separate Township from the 
Town of Kittery, he agreed with Kittery for Twelve pounds per Year, to Maintain 
Thomas Younglove a blind impotent Man of that Town; but that since Berwick has 
been made a Separate Township, Kittery Refuses to pay him: And that he can 
obtain no Remedy by the Law, the Justices of the Inferiour Court being Inhabi- 
tants of Kittery; praying Remedy from this Court. Committed. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Reviving y Continuing an Act for the Raising an 
Excise upon Wines, Liquors, and other Strong Drink, Sold by Retail, Read a 2d 
time. 



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A Bill Intituled, An Act for the more convenient & equal Raising of Money for 
Defreying of the charges arising in each respective County, within this Province. 
Read a 2d time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Reviving & further Continuing several Rates y Duties 
of Impost 13 Tunnage of Shipping, &c. Read a 2d. time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Preserving, Increasing iff Securing Naval 
Stores, particularly, Tar, Turpentine & Rozin, within this Province. Read a 2d 
time. 

A Message from the Board, That Mr. Speaker & the House now come up to the 
Council Chamber to attend the Hearing appointed this Day, upon the Petition of 
the Southwesterly Precinct in the Town of Ipswich. 

Which was forth-with done & the Hearing being finished, Mr. Speaker and the 
House returned to their own Chamber. 

A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the Town of Dorchester, living Westward 
of Milton, including Puncapaog Plantation, presented to the House and Read, 
praying, That they may be Constituted a Township, for the better Support of the 
Gospel Ministry according to the Bounds they mention, &c. 

And the Question being put, Whether the prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. [ 21 ] 

The Petition of Francis Allen, praying as entred this Day, further considered, 
& the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, & 
accordingly, 

Ordered, That the Town of Berwick pay the same Proportion of the Twelve 
pounds mentioned in the Petition, during the time of the Impotent Man's neces- 
sities, That they paid in the last Town-Rates, when they were part of the Town 
of Kittery. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of William Dudley, in behalf of the Proprietors of the Town of Rut- 
land, presented to the House & Read, praying, That the Plat they formerly laid 
before this Court to be confirmed as the laying out of the said Township, may be 
now confirmed, for Reasons therein mentioned. Committed. 

A Plat of 143 Acres of Land, laid out by John Gardner Surveyor, imployed by 
John Higginson Esq; as part of his Right of 460 Acres, the said Surveyor, and 
those that carried the Chain in Measuring the Land being Sworn; presented to 
the House for Approbation: And the follwing Vote pass'd thereon, viz. 

This Plat laid before the House and Inspected by them. 

Ordered, That the Land, therein Described & Platted, be confirmed to John 
Higginson Esq; provided, It doth not Intrench on any former Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



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An Accompt of Robert Ellis Surgeon his Administration to Serjeant Daniel 
Tucker, for the cure of a Gun-shot Wound in his Body, which he received in the 
Service against the Indian Enemy, Anno 171 1, from Aug. 16. 1713. to May 25th 
1715. further considered, and 

Resolved, That the Sum of Thirty-five pounds be allowed & paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Dr. Robert Ellis the Accomptant, for his Service, &c. mentioned 
in his Bill. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Campbell, praying, That he may be Allowed the Sum of 35 /. 
3 j. 3 d. due for the Postage of Publick Letters. Sent down from the Board hav- 
ing been Read there. Read and Committed. 

And a Representation of the said John Campbell, shewing Reasons to Induce 
the Publick to assist him in the Printing his Weekly News-Letter. Read & Com- 
mitted. 

Ordered, That Col. Winthrop, Mr. William Paine, and Mr. Jonathan Remington, 
be a Committee to prepare and lay before the House a Draught of a Bill, to lay 
the like Duty on the Trade of the Province of New-Hampshire, to this Province, 
that the Government there have laid upon the Trade of this Province. 

A Message from the Board, That Mr. Speaker and the House, now come up to 
the Council Chamber, to attend a Hearing upon the Petition of Joseph Brown, 
and Others, Inhabitants of the East and West Precincts in the Town of Newbury ; 
which was forth-with done, and the Hearing being finish'd, Mr. Speaker and the 
House return'd to their own Chamber. 

A Petition of George Momeusque Indian, praying, That he may have Liberty to 
Sell a Tract of Land belonging to him, which adjoyns to the Southern Line of the 
Town of Worcester. And a Petition of the Inhabitants of the Town of Worcester, 
praying, That they may have Liberty to Purchase the said Land of the said In- 
dian. Were both severally presented to the House and Read. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

£a&6ati n tiie ^unii 1715* 

A Petition of John Higginson jun. and Nathanael Higginson of Salem, pre- 
sented to the House and Read, praying, That they may be Allowed to lay 
out a New Farm of Seven Hundred Acres, formerly Granted to the Reverend 
Mr. John Higginson, and laid out by a Pond called Haverhill Bound Pond, the 
Marks then made being mostly Effac'd, and not to be found. [ 22 ] 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be granted, and that the Plat be taken 
by a skilful Surveyor, and Chain-men under Oath, (to be so certified thereon) 
and return'd to this Court for confirmation. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Mr. Seth Sweetsor, who was Imployed as the Messenger of the House, made 
Return, That he had Summoned Mr. Justice Woodbrigde, and Under-Sheriff 



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Coker, to appear before the House, & produc'd a Letter from Mr. Woodbridge, to 
Mr. Speaker and the House, which was Read, excusing his not appearing by Rea- 
son of his own and his Families Sickness; and intreating that his Error in Issuing 
forth a Writt against Capt. Stevens may be Over-look'd, inasmuch as he was Ig- 
norant of his being a Member of this Honourable House. 

Mr. Under-SherifF Coker appear'd before the House and begg'd pardon of the 
House for his Error & Offence, in Serving a Writ upon Capt. Stevens, One of the 
Honourable Members thereof: And afnrm'd that he knew him not to be a Repre- 
sentative, when he Served the Writ. 

Mr. Coker was Ordered to with-draw a while. 

It not appearing to the House, That Mr. Under-Sheriff Coker, did know that 
Capt. Stevens was a Member of this House when he Arrested him. 

Ordered, That the said Mr. Coker be dismiss'd. Mr. Coker was accordingly call'd 
in and dismiss'd. 

A further Report of Stephen Frances, Josiah Converse, and John Ware, a Com- 
mittee sent by this Court in June 1701. to Settle the Line between the Town of 
Sherborn and Framingham ; and to Determine who should bear the charge: Hav- 
ing formerly made Report as to the Line, now Determine as to the charge of the 
Committee, That one third part thereof be paid by the Town of Sherborn, the 
Other two thirds by the Town of Framingham, each of the Committee having 
been Seven days upon that Service. 

Ordered, That the said Report be Accepted, and that the said Committee be 
paid accordingly Four Shillings per day to each of them for the time of their 
Service. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next Three a Clock afternoon. 



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*He Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Preserving, Increasing \$ Securing 

1 1 Naval Stores, particularly, Tar, Turpentine 13 Rozin, within this Province. 
Read a 3d time. 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Proprietors of the Town of Rutland having Represented to this House, 
that the Direction given by this Court at their last Session, for the laying out the 
said Township contiguous to the Town of Lancester (which was then iz Ordered to 
preserve a Regular Face to the Frontiers, and not leave a slip of Land between 
the said Towns too small for a Township) will remove them in some measure from 
the Lands they had purchased of the Natives. 

And having Propos'd and Petition'd, That the Form & Place of their Town- 
ship, may be as Discrib'd in this Plat, which will help the said Inconveniencies. 



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Ordered, That the said Proprietors be Directed to Protract, and lay out their 
Grant of Land for a Township, named as abovesaid, agreeable to the Plat above 
Delineated, by a Surveyor and Chain-men under Oath (to be so returned on the 
Plat) Reserving & Laying out for this Province, One Thousand Acres of Land, in 
the Angle between Worcester and Lecicester, in a figure as near a Square as they 
can, and lay the Plat so taken before this Court for Confirmation. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for the more Convenient 13 equal Raising of Money for 
Defreying of the charges arising in each respective County within this Province. 
Read a 3d. time, and [ 23 ] 

Resolved, That the said Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board, that Mr. Speaker and the House now come up to 
the Council Chamber, to attend the Hearing appointed to be this day, upon the 
Petition of Jonathan Hastings, between him & Job Bull ; which was forth-with 
done. And the Parties being fully heard, with-drew; and Mr. Speaker, and the 
House Return'd to their own Chamber. 

The Vote of this House pass'd the Jtk of this Instant June, respecting the 
Setling of the Eastern Parts of this Province.: Sent down from the Board, pass'd 
upon there, viz. In Council June 10th 171 5. Read and Concurr'd. And by His Ex- 
cellency the Governour, viz. At the Desire of the Council and Representatives, I 
shall give the Warrants to Draw out Nineteen Men, and an Ensign from Casco 
Fort for Arrowsick. And shall also raise Fifteen Men, for Brunswick, with a Com- 
mission Officer for the Service projected; But cannot at present see Reason to 
Demolish the Fortification at Casco, until His Majesty's pleasure be known 
therein. /. DUDLEY. 

The Precept sent to Plymouth ; Return'd Major John Bradford chosen their 
Representative: who appeared. 

A Petition of Jeremiah Dummer and Thirty Others, Merchants, &c. to whom 
this Court Lent of the Publick Bills of Credit, in the Year 171 1. to enable them, to 
Supply the British Troops, then designing an Expedition against Canada, for 
which Supplies they received of the Governour & Admiral of the said Expedition 
Bills of Exchange on the Lord High Treasurer of Great Britain ; presented to the 
House and Read: Shewing, That as yet no more than two thirds of the Bills of 
Exchange are paid, and that with great Disadvantage: Praying, That one third 
part of the said Bills of Credit that are out-standing in their hands, may be Lent 
to them for One Year more. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be Granted; and that the Bills out- 
standing in the Petitioners hands, and those a-like concerned be Lent to them for 
One Year more. And that the Committee that this Court Imployed to lend out 
the Bills, and take Security for the Re-payment, be Reviewed & Impowred, to 
Review and Consider the Bonds, and Security given for the same, as well those on 



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which the after Ten Thousand pounds Loan was issued, as those which this Peti- 
tion refers to; and that such of the Bonds wherein any of the Obligors are Dead, 
Removed out of the Province, or by adverse Providence considerably Impaired, 
in Estate, or wherein the Security Refuse to continue so, be Sued out when due; 
unless other and further sufficient Security, be given to the Satisfaction of the 
Committee, the Obligors to pay the Committee for their trouble. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act for Granting unto His Majesty sev- 
eral Rates y Duties of Impost, and Tunnage of Shipping. Read a first time. 

A Petition of Andrew and Jonathan Belcher of Boston, Merchants; presented to 
the House and Read, praying, That Fourteen Hundred pounds part of the Sum 
Lent to them in Bills of Credit, out of the Publick Treasury, Anno 171 1, to Assist 
them to furnish Stores to General Hill, and Admiral W&lker, for the Army & 
Fleet under their Command, bound on the Expedition to Canada : May be Lent 
to them for Four Years more to come, for Reasons therein Alledged. 

Ordered, That the prayer of this Petition be so far Granted, That the said Four- 
teen Hundred pounds be Lent to the Petitioners, for One Year more. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Vote of this House pass'd the 2d Instant for Post-poning the payment of 
Eleven Thousand pounds, part of Twenty-two Thousand pounds, granted to be 
Levyed this Session. Sent down from the Board again, pass'd on there, viz. In 
Council June Iph 1715. put to the Question, Whether the Council do depart from 
their Vote of Non-concurrence within mentioned, on June \th Currant? 
Pass'd in the Negative. Read. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 24 ] 

2$arti£ 1 4 Hie S^nii 171 5* 

THe Vote of this House pass'd the 3 1 of May last, for Ascerting the Right of 
this Province to Piscataqua River : Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon 
there, viz. In Council June I. 171 5. Read & Concurr'd. And by His Excellency the 
Governour, viz. I agree to this Vote and the Establishment of a Naval Officer 
at Kittery, so soon as the Breast-work for Six Guns Voted, shall be built, and the 
Guns Mounted. ' /. DUDLEY. 

Major John Bradford Returned Representative of the Town of Plymouth, was 
sent up to the Board to take the Oaths, &c. 

THis House having at diverse times for several Years past, Voted the Fort or 
Trading-house at Casco Bay, to be of little or no Service as a Barrier to our 
Frontiers, a Bridle to the Indian Enemy, or Security to the Fishery, and therefore 
of no Publick Benefit. And this House with the Honourable Board (as by their 



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Votes of the Jth & loth Instant) having offered to His Excellency as their Opin- 
ion, That it is for His Majesty's Service, That the Fort at Casco Bay be slighted, 
and no longer continued, and that a Stone Fort near Pejepscot Falls be Repaired 
in stead thereof, as more conveniently Situated for Covering the New intended 
Settlements and keeping the Indians, from their Fishery in case of a Rupture. 
And His Excellency having signified under his Hand, That he cannot at present 
see Reason to Demolish the Fortification at Casco, until His Majesty's pleasure 
be known therein. 

And forasmuch as the Charter Granted to the Inhabitants of this Province, by 
their late Majesty's King William and Queen Mary of Glorious Memory, Doth 
give full Power to the Governour, for the time being, at his pleasure to Demolish 
Forts and Fortifications. 

Voted, That no more Money be drawn out of the Publick Treasury, for the Sub- 
sisting and Paying any Officers, or Souldiers at the Fort at Casco, after the First 
Day of September next. 

And that a Copy of this Vote be sent to Mr. Treasurer, for his future Direction. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of William Maccarty Administrator of the Estate of his late Father 
Florence Maccarty of Boston, deceas'd, presented to the House and Read, praying, 
That a Deed of Gift, wherein Joseph Nozvell conveyed his Real Estate to his Wife, 
which was forgotten to be mention'd in the Hearing that has been upon Coomes 
his Petition, may be now receiv'd, and have its consideration in the Proceeding of 
this Court upon the said Petition. 

The Copy of the said Deed, and Coomes, his answer to the said Petition of Wil- 
liam Maccarty, Read & sent up. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act in Additition to the Act for Granting unto His Majesty 
several Rates & Duties of Impost, and Tunnage of Shipping. Read a 2d time. 

The Vote of the Board, upon the Vote of this House of the 2d Currant, for Post- 
poning the Raising of Eleven Thousand Pounds of the Tax to be Levyed this Ses- 
sion, entred Yesterday, Read again and further Considered, and Debated. 

Ordered, That the House Adhere to their Vote aforesaid, as first passed. 
Sent up. 

Ordered, That Mr. Elisha Cooke, Mr. Samuel Clap, Col. Adam Winthrop, Col. 
Samuel Thaxier, and Capt. Francis Fulham, with such as the Honourable Board 
shall joyn, be a Committee to prepare the Draught of a Bill, for Settling and 
Quieting the Titles of the Lands, that are to the Eastward of Piscataqua River, 
pursuant to the Vote of this Court this Session. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That Mr. William Paine, Col. Samuel Thaxter, and Col. Adam Win- 
throp, with such as the Honourable Board shall joyn, be a Committee to Build a 
Light House, at the Entrance of the Harbour of Boston, pursuant to the Votes of 
this Court. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 25 ] 



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An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Jet for Altering the time for Holding the Courts 
of General Sessions of the Peace, and Inferiour Court of Common Pleas within the 
County of Barnstable. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. Sent up. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act against Burglary. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. Sent up. 

A Message sent up to the Board, Desiring them now to joyn with the House in 
the choice of a Treasurer, for the Province. 

Ordered, That Mr. Denison, and Mr. William Paine, carry up the Votes of the 
House for a Treasurer, and assist in Sorting & Numbering them, with the Votes 
of the Board, and Report the choice. 

The Votes of the House being prepared & collected, the Members afore-named 
carryed them up to the Board, and Returned that Mr. Jeremiah Allen was chosen 
Treasurer for the Year ensuing, by a Unanimous Vote of both Houses. 

A Message sent up to the Board, That the House are now preparing their Votes 
for an Impost Officer, Desiring they will do the same. 

The Votes of the House being prepared & collected, were sent up by Col. Win- 
throp and Mr. Denison. Who Return'd & Reported that Mr. Daniel Russell was 
chosen Impost Officer for the Year ensuing, by a major part of the Voters. 

A Message sent up to the Board, That the House are now ready to proceed to 
the choice of an Attorney General, Desiring them to joyn in the choice of that 
Officer. 

Voted, That the Line between this Province and the Colony of Rhode-Island, as 
by agreement between Commissioners, for both Governments met at Roxbury on 
January 19th ijio, II. and begun to be Investigated on the 23d of April follow- 
ing, according to said agreement from the Stake set up by Woodward and 

Saffery, be finished. And the former Committee for this Province be Revived and 
fully Impowered, to perfect said Line, giving timely Notice to the Committee or 
Government of Rhode-Island of the time and place of their Meeting; and upon 
their Refusing or Neglecting, The Committee for this Province be directed to 
proceed & perfect the Line according to the aforesaid agreement now on Record. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That a further Message be sent up to the Board, that the House are 
preparing their Votes, for an Attorney General, and Desire they would joyn with 
them in that choice. 

The Members that carried up the said Message, Return'd answer, That the 
Council said they had been busied in other affairs, and had not yet considered of 
that Motion. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the more safe keeping the Registry of Deeds, and Con- 
veyances of Lands. Read a first time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition totheActforRegulatingFees. Read a 1st time. 



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$o£t S^eritJtem* 

The Accompts of Jeremiah Dummer Esq; Treasurer of the County of Suffolk, 
for the Years 1713. & 1714. Presented to the House. Read and Allowed. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Accompts of Nathanael Paine Esq; Treasurer of the County of Bristol, of 
the Year 1713. & 1714. Presented to the House. Read and Allowed. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Accompts of John Otis Esq; Treasurer of the County of Barnstable, of 
the last Year. Presented to the House. Read and Allowed. Sent up for Con- 
currence. 

The Accompts of Daniel Russell Treasurer of the County of Middlesex, of the 
Years 171 1, 1712, 1713. & 1714. Presented to the House. Read and Allowed. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Peter Roe, John Kent, James Younglove & Jacob Adams, jun. Se- 
lect- [ 26 ]men of the Town of Suffield, Shewing, That the Town are in great Con- 
fusion by reason of Differences about the choice of their Town Officers, as set 
forth in the Petition, praying Remedy from this Court. Sent down from the 
Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council June 11. 171 5. Read & Ordered, That 
the Justices of West Hampshire, appoint an extraordinary Session at Suffield, and 
Command a Town Meeting to be Summoned there; and upon Reading the Papers 
& Proof of the Allegations therein, That they Establish the Select-men chosen ac- 
cording to the usual Custom of the Town for Ten Years past, to proceed in the 
business of the Town for this Year: but that for the future they proceed accord- 
ing to the Direction of the Law. Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and not Concurr'd, and 

Ordered, That the Inhabitants of the Town of Suffield be Ordered to Meet the 
fiist Monday in July next, and then to chuse all Town Officers to Serve for the 
Remainder of the Year; and that the Select-men of the last Year be Directed & 
Impowered to give the Inhabitants Notice to Convene together according to the 
Order of this Court. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board, That they are still of Opinion, That the half of the 
Tax, Granted to be Levied this Session can't be Post-pon'd, since it is so Granted 
by an Act of this Court, under the Seal of the Province, and so return'd to White- 
hall ; and mov'd the House to proceed to Levy the whole Tax, except what Abate- 
ment may be made upon account of the Funds for drawing in the Bills, exceeding 
the Sum of the Bills out-standing. 

The Petition of John Campbell, Deputy Post-Master General of New-England, 
praying as entered the 10th Currant, further considered, and the Report of the 
Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, and accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty-five pounds three Shillings and three pence, 



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be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. John Campbell, in full of 
his Accompt of Postage of Publick Letters, to the 3 d Currant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Samuel Sewall in the Name & behalf of the Trustees, of Governour 
Hopkins his Legacy, presented to the House and Read, praying, That leave may 
be given to the said Trustees to Purchase of the Natick Indians, a certain Tract of 
Land belonging to them, called Maguncoog, which they would do with the said 
Legacy, Designing to commit the purchase-consideration to Trustees, to be Im- 
proved for the benefit of the said Indians, in their more regular Settlement, & 
civil Cohabitation, £sfc. 
Committed. 

The Plat of Five Hundred Acres of Land, laid out for Richard Hollingsworth , s 
Grant, which was accepted & confirm'd the ^th day of last Novemb. & sent up to the 
Board for Concurrence : not being pass'd upon there, but mislaid & not to be found. 

Another Plat of the same Dimensions, presented to the House, and the same 
Vote pass'd thereon as on the former, viz. 

A Plat of Five Hundred Acres of Land laid out by William Ward Surveyor, 
offered by Mr. Samuel Prince for Confirmation. 

Ordered, That the Plat on the other side be allowed and confirmed as the Five 
Hundred Acres of Land Granted by this Court to Richard Hollings worth, Anno 
1673. If that Grant has not been laid out aforesaid, and this Plat does not inter- 
fere with any prior Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Whereas this House have Credible Intelligence that His Excellency Col. Elizeus 
Burgess is Commissioned by His Majesty to be Governour of this His Majesty's Prov- 
ince, and may in a few Weeks be Expected to Arrive here. 

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker, the Representatives of the Town of Boston, and 
Col. Thaxter, be a Committee to provide a suitable Place for His Excellency's 
present Reception, and Entertainment when he shall Arrive, and to Invite him 
thereto; and Compliment His Excellency in the Name of this House upon his 
safe Arrival. [ 27 ] 

A Petition of Zebediah Wheeler, Richard Whitney, and Stephen Farr, in behalf of 
the Town of Stow, presented to the House and Read, praying this Court to give 
Order for the Running and Setling of the Line between the said Town & the Town 
of Concord, which the said Towns cann6t agree in amongst themselves. 
In answer to the said Petition. 

Ordered, That Capt. Josiah Converse, Mr. John Sternes, and Mr. John Houghton, 
be a Committee to Investigate & Settle the Bound Marks between the Towns of 
Stow and Concord (if the said Towns do not agree therein themselves by the last 
Day of Novemb. next) and make Report to this Court of their doings, and of their 
Opinion by whom of Right the charge of the said Committee ought to be born. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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S^ercurii 15 Die ^Tunii 1715* 

A Proposal of his Honour the Lieut. Governour Tailer, Commander of His 
Majesty's Castle William, was presented to the House and Read, Moving 
that a Coat and pair of Breeches, of Fifteen Shillings value lying in the Publick 
Stores, may be given to each of the Inlisted Souldiers, at the said Castle, for Rea- 
sons therein Assigned. 

Ordered, That the Allowance proposed by his Honour the Lieut. Governour of a 
Coat and pair of Breeches, to each One of the Inlisted Souldiers at Castle William 
be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Samuel Sew all, praying as entred Yesterday, Read again, and 
the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, & ac- 
cordingly, 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be Granted, the Pious Intention pro- 
posed therein being very acceptable to this Court. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Account of the several Dayes that each of the Honourable Gentlemen of the 
Council, gave their Attendance, to Exercise the Power of the Governour 1$ Council, 
when the General Court was not Sitting, from the ioth Day of July 1701. to the nth 
Day of June 1702. which was from the Death of Lieut. Governour Stoughton, to the 
Arrival of His Excellency Governour Dudley. Read and 

Resolved, That Five Shillings per Day be Allowed and Paid out of the Publick 
Treasury for each Day the Gentlemen of the Honourable Council attended to 
Exercise the Power of the Governour and Council, as on the other side, to each 
One of them, (or such who legally Represent them) the Sum annexed to their 
Name; The whole Amounting to the Sum of Two Hundred Thirty-five Pounds and 
Five Shillings. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Account of the several Dayes, that each of the Honourable Gentlemen of the 
Council, gave their Attendance, to Exercise the Governour iff Councils Power, when 
the General Court was not Sitting, after the Expiration of Six Months, from the De- 
mise of Queen ANNE, till the Arrival of His Majesty's Proclamation for the Continu- 
ance of Officers, viz. from Feb. ph. to March 21. 1714. Read and 

Resolved, That Five Shillings per Day be Allowed and Paid out of the Publick 
Treasury for each Day the Gentlemen of the Honourable Council Attended to 
Exercise the Power of the Governour and Council, as on the other side, to each 
One of them (or such who legally Represent them) the Sum annexed to their 
Name; The whole Amounting to the Sum of Fifty Eight Pounds and Five Shillings. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for the more safe keeping the Registry of Deeds, and 
Conveyances of Lands. Read a 2d & a 3 time. 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 28 ] 



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A Plat of Three Hundred Acres of Land laid out by John Gardner Surveyor, 
under Oath, and the Chain-men under Oath, on June 7th 171 5. being a Grant 
formerly made to Marshal General Mitchelson, presented to the House for Con- 
firmation. 

Ordered, That the Plat on the other side be Allowed & Confirmed, as the Three 
Hundred Acres of Land formerly Granted to Marshal General Edward Mitchelson, 
provided it Intrench upon no prior Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Plat of Three Hundred and Seventeen Acres, and Sixty Poles of Land taken 
by John Gardner Surveyor, and Chain-men under Oath, and offered as the re- 
maining Part of the Right of John Higginson Esq; (the whole being Four Hun- 
dred & Sixty Acres) presented to the House for Allowance. 
And the following Vote pass'd thereon, viz. 

This Plat being laid before the House and Inspected. 

Ordered, That the Land therein Described and Platted, be Confirmed to the 
Honourable John Higginson Esq; Provided it Intrench upon no prior Grant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

$ogt &$erifciem. 

The Petition of John Whipple and Mathew Whipple, praying as entred the first 
Currant, upon which a Hearing has been this Session, sent down from the Board, 
pass'd upon there, viz. In Council June 14th 171 5. Ordered, That the considera- 
tion of this Petition be deferr'd till next October Session; and that in the mean time 
the Petitioners make their Application to the Town of Ipswich, [for relief in the 
Premisses.] Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd with this amendment, viz. The words [for relief in the 
Premisses] to be left out, and the following words to be added, viz. And joyn with 
them in Settling the Partition Line between them; That a further consideration of 
this Petition may then be had. 

A Message from the Board, That the Council have considered the. Motion of 
this House to proceed to the choice of an Attorney General. 
And do not see cause to agree to it. 

Ordered, That Capt. Noyes, Mr. Cooke, Capt. Chambers, Capt. Cawley, Major 
Bradford, Mr. Samuel Clap, and Capt. Osgood, Go up to the Council, and Desire, 
If it may be that this House may know the reasons that Induce that Honourable 
Board to Refuse joyning with them in the choice of that Officer, which the House 
Esteem to be a Privilege belonging to this Court. 

Who Return'd, That they had Delivered the Message but received no answer. 

A Draught of a Letter from His Excellency the Governour in the Name of this 
Court, to the Governours of the Neighbouring Governments, Intimating the 
great Mischief that may probably accrue to these His Majesty's Provinces, by 



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permitting the Indian Captives from Carolina, to be Imported, and Sold amongst 
them; which is therefore by a Law strictly forbidden in this Province. Read & 
Approved, and sent up again with a Message, That His Excellency be desired to 
Write to the said Governours that some Persons may be appointed here to Ex- 
change the Torn and Unserviceable Bills of those Governments. 

A Petition of William Spooner, Jabez Delano, and Caleb Blackwell, in behalf of 
themselves and Others the Inhabitants of the Town of Dartmouth, presented to 
the House and Read, praying that Twenty Pounds may be Allowed out of the 
Publick Treasury towards the Maintenance of their Minister for this Year, for 
Reasons therein alledged. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be Allowed and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury, towards the Maintenance of the Ministry in the Town of Dart- 
mouth, for the Year ensuing. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 29 ] 

A Message from the Board, Moving that the Salary for the Treasurer's Service 
the last Year be Granted; he being unwilling to be Sworn in order to the Service 
of another Year, until that is done. 

A Petition of Henry Bridgham of Boston Guardian of Sarah, and Esther Mac- 
carty Daughters and Co-heirs of Florence Maccarty, late of Boston, deceas'd, In- 
testate, presented to the House and Read, praying, That he may be enabled to 
make Sale of the Real Estate Divided & Assigned to the said Minors, for Reasons 
therein alledged. 

Committed. 

Ordered, That the House now proceed to Apportion to the several Towns of the 
Province, the Sums they are to Pay in a Tax of the Eleven Thousand Pounds. 

The House proceeded to Vote the Sum which each Town in the County of Suf- 
folk should pay in the Tax afore-mentioned, each Town being consider'd, and 
their Sum Voted separately, Opportunity being first given to the respective 
Representatives to inform the House of the State and Circumstances of their 
Town, and wherein they differ from what they were the last Year. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^otoi£ 16 Hie ^unit 171 5. 

THe House proceeded to Vote the Sum which each of the Towns in the Coun- 
ties of Essex, Middlesex, and Hampshire, should pay in a Tax of Eleven 
Thousand Pounds, in manner as aforesaid. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

Beneri£ 17 tiie ^unii 171 5, 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Building and Maintaining a Light-house upon the 
Great Brewster, called Beacon Island, at the Entrance of the Harbour of 
Boston. Read a first time. 



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The Petition of Henry Bridgham, praying as entred the i$th Currant, further 
considered, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the 
House, and accordingly, 

Ordered, That the prayer of the said Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act, in Addition to the Act for Granting unto His Majesty 
several Rates Ef? Duties of Impost, and Tunnage of Shipping. Read a 3d time, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The House proceeded to Vote the Sum which each of the Towns in the Coun- 
ties of Plymouth, Barnstable, Bristol, York, Dukes County, and Nantucket, should 
Pay in a Tax of Eleven Thousand Pounds, in manner as afore expressed. 

A Message from the Board, That Mr. Speaker and the House do now come up 
to the Council Chamber, to attend the Hearing appointed this Day, upon the 
Petition of several Inhabitants of the Town of Wenham. 

Which was forthwith done, and Mr. Speaker and the House return'd to their 
own Chamber. 

A Petition of Wigglesworth Sweetser, and Ursilla his Wife of Boston, presented 
to the House and Read, praying, That a Surveyor may be appointed to lay out 
Three Hundred Acres of Land for them, which this Court allowed the last Year, 
to be their Right. [ 30 ] 

Ordered, That the Petitioner may Imploy a skilful Surveyor with Chain-men 
under Oath, to lay out the said Three Hundred Acres of Land, and present a Plat 
thereof to this Court for confirmation. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Mr. James Taylor late Treasurer of this Province, praying, That 
the Sum of Eighty-Eight Pounds, Thirteen Shillings, and Four Pence, of the 
Province Bills, belonging to the Treasury, which were Stolen out of his House in 
the last Year of his Service in that Office, may be paid to him out of the Publick 
Treasury. Sent down from the Board: Read and Recommended. 

Read & Debated. And the Question being put, Whether the prayer of the 
said Petition be Granted? It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of Thomas Patch, Sac. Select-men of the Town of Wenham, praying 
as entred the 10/A Currant, upon which there has been a Hearing this Day. Sent 
down from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council June 17. 171 5. John Ap- 
pleton, John Higginson, Thomas Noyes, Samuel Appleton, and John Burrill Esqrs; 
Justices of the Peace in the County of Essex, are appointed to hold a special Ses- 
sion, in the Town of Wenham, some time in the Month of July next. If the Parties 
are not agreed before, (giving Notice of their coming) to Hear and Determine the 
Matter in Controversy, contained in the Petition and Papers, and to make Report 



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of their doings therein, to this Court the next Sessions; the Town to bear the 
charge. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd, the Session to be some-time in September. 
A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act of Limitation, for Quieting Posses- 
sions. Read a first time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

£a&6ati 1 8 tiie ^unii 1715* 

A Petition of Ezekiel Bull of Rhode-Island, Shewing, That in an Action against 
Aaron Mellish, which he brought by Appeal before the Superiour Court of 
Judicature lately holden at Bristol, he neglected to Seal his Reasons of Appeal, 
and there-upon his Action was dismist, and he is left without Remedy in the Law, 
and praying that a further Hearing may be Ordered to him. Sent down from the 
Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council, June \6th 1715. Read and Ordered, 
That a Hearing be had of the Action before the next Superiour Court to be holden 
at Bristol, the Petitioner to Serve the adverse Party with a Notification, so that 
he may have time to make his Defence. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for Building y Maintaining a Light-house upon the 
Great Brewster called Beacon Island, at the entrance of the Harbour of Boston. Read 
a 2d time. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act for Granting several Rates and 
Duties of Impost, &c. Sent down from the Board with some Amendments, which 
were Read and Agreed to by the House: And the Bill sent up again. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act of Limitation, for Quieting of 
Possessions. Read a second time; and a third time. 

■Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Plat of Five Hundred Acres of Land laid out by John Chandler Surveyor, and 
One of the Chain-men under Oath, as the first half of One Thousand Acres of 
Land, Granted to John Pynchon Esq; deceas'd, Anno 1659. to be laid out in two 
Places, lying near the West Bounds of the Town of Brookfield, Presented to the 
House for Confirmation. And the following Vote pass'd thereon, viz. 

Ordered, That the Land Described and Platted on the other side, be Allowed 
and Confirmed as the first half of the Grant, made to John Pynchon Esq; deceas'd, 
Anno 1659. Provided it Intrench upon no prior Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 
[31] 

A Plat containing the Quantity of Eight Miles Square of Land, (Four Miles 
Square, belonging to the Indians of Hassanamisca being part thereof) Presented 
to the House for Allowance and Confirmation, by the Proprietors of the Township 
of Sutton. And the following Vote pass'd thereon, viz. 



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Ordered, That the Land Described and Platted on the other side, be Allowed, 
and Confirmed to the Proprietors of the Township of Sutton. Provided it Intrench 
upon no former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Richard Coomes and Hephzibah his Wife, upon which there has 
been a Hearing this Session. Sent down from the Board, for this House to proceed 
upon first. Read and Committed, and 

Ordered, That Mr. Cooke be joyned with the Committee for Petitions in the 
Consideration of the said Petition. 

The Petition of Mary Cole, praying as entred the Jth Instant. Sent down from 
the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council June 16. 1715. Read and Referr'd to 
the Superiour Court. Sent down for Concurrence. Read & Concurr'd. 

Capt. Noyes from the Committee for Petitions, made Report on the Petition of 
Richard Coomes, which was accepted by the House, and accordingly, 

Voted, That the Petitioners ought to have the Equity of Redemption, in as 
much as the Mortgage made to Florence Maccarty, by Joseph Newel the Father of 
the Petitioners, was not Recorded until April yth 1714. by reason whereof they 
were Defeated of the benefit of An Act Intituled, An Act for Hearing and Deter- 
mining of Cases in Equity, Made and Pass'd in the Tenth of William the Third, 

And that they be Impowered to file a Bill for their Right, or Equity of Redemp- 
tion in the next Court or Courts of Law, proper to hear the same. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act for Erecting a Powder-house in 
Boston. Sent down from the Board Concurr'd, with some Amendments; to which 
they Desire the Concurrence of this House. Read & Concurr'd, and Sent up. 

Ordered, That Mr. Cooke, Capt. Noyce, and Mr. Epps, Go up to the Council, and 
Acquaint them, That Whereas this House have pressingly moved that Honourable 
Board to joyn with them in the Election of an Attorney General ; which they had not 
seen cause to do. And Desired to be Informed of the Reasons that Inclined them to re- 
fuse joyning with the House in so great a Privilege ; but had not been favour' d with an 
answer to that their Desire. This House therefore being still desirous to do all that is 
proper for them to Preserve the Privilege of that choice: Purpose to Proceed thereto on 
Monday next, and Repeat their Motion tp the Board to joyn with them in it. 

The Petition of Jonathan Hastings, praying, as entred the Jth Currant. Sent 
down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council June 18. 1715. 

Ordered, That a Hearing be had of the said Actions at the next Superiour Court 
to be holden at Cambridge, for the County of Middlesex; as though the same prop- 
erly lay before that Court by Appeal: The Petitioner to give the adverse Party 
timely Notice thereof. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 



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A Message from the Board, Moving the House to bring forward the most neces- 
sary business of the Session, that the Court may Rise. And to Grant a Salary to 
the Treasurer, for his last Years Service: Who still declines being Sworn again to 
that Office, until it is done. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next Three a Clock afternoon. [ 32 ] 

Hunae 20 Die ^unii 171 5. 

A Petition of the Heirs of Mr. John Haynes of Sudbury, praying as entred the 
2d Currant, further considered, and 
In Answer to the said Petition. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners may take a Plat of the Land mention'd in their 
Petition by a Sworn Skilful Surveyor, and Chain-men under Oath, at their own 
charge, and lay it before this Court for confirmation. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of several Inhabitants of the Town of Freetown, presented to the 
House and Read, praying Assistance towards the Maintaining of a Ministry there. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds Allowed out of the Publick Treasury 
towards the Maintenance of the Ministry in the Town of Freetown the last Year, 
but not drawn out; they not being supplied with a Minister. 

Be Allowed for that end in the Year Currant: provided they Procure, and En- 
tertain a Minister this Year. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act for Regulating Fees. 
Read a 2d time. 

A Message sent to the Board, to Inquire whether His Excellency had consented 
to the whole of the Vote of this House, pass'd the jth Currant, and Concurr'd too 
by the Board, relating to the Settling of the Eastern Parts of this Province, ex- 
cepting the clause concerning Casco Fort ? 

Answer was return'd, That His Excellency said, He did consent to all but that 
of slighting Casco Fort. 

The House prepared their Votes for an Attorney General; and sent them up to 
the Board by Capt. Noyes, Mr. Cooke, and Mr. Remington, with a Message De- 
siring the Council to joyn with the House in the choice of that Officer, and to ten- 
der their Votes to be told at the Board: But if they declin'd it, to Acquaint them, 
That this House could not foregoe their Privilege, and therefore should think it 
proper to Examine their own Votes: And Report the choice made by them. 

The said Members return'd, That the Board said, They had come to no De- 
termination in the affair. 

The House proceeded to Examine their Votes, and it was found that Thomas 
Newton Esq; was chosen by a major Part of the Voters. 

And the Members last named went up again to the Board, and Reported the 
choice which was made. 



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The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. In Council June 20th 171 5. 
Ordered, That the Honourable William Tailer Esq; Lieut. Governour, Wait Win- 
tkrop, Elisha Cooke, Elisha Hutchinson, Samuel Sewall, & Eliakim Hutchinson 
Esqrs. be a Committee, with such as the Representatives shall joyn with them, to 
take Order for a Place for the Reception of the Governour, upon his Arrival, 
which is speedily to be Expected. Sent down for Concurrence. Read. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a clock. 

a^artig 21 &ie ^unii 1715* 

A List of the Sums which the several Towns of the Province are Voted to Pay, 
in the Tax of Eleven Thousand Pounds. Read and 
Ordered, That the several Towns Pay the Sums respectively annexed to them, 
in the Subsequent List in the Tax to be Levyed this Session, and that a Bill be 
drawn accordingly. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 33 ] 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for Building £ff Maintaining a Light-house upon the 
Great Brewster called Beacon Island, at the entrance of the Harbour of Boston. 
Read a 3d time, and 
Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 
A Petition of Richard Peebody of Boxford Guardian to Oliver Peebody, a Minor, 
presented to the House and Read, praying, That he may be Impowered to make 
Sale of Sixty Acres of Land belonging to the said Minor, to raise Money necessary 
for his Education. 

And the Question being put, Whether the prayer of the Petition be granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 
A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act for Regulating Fees. 

Read a 3d time, and 
Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Isaac Woono, and Joshua Shauton, Indians, Agents for Ketteticut, 
an Indian Town, praying, That the said Town may be ordered to lie to the 
County of Bristol. Be relieved from sundry Encroachments made upon them by 
the English; particularly, Mr. Mitchel. And have some further Powers granted to 
them necessary in their Township. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, 
viz. In Council June iSth 1715. Read and Referred to the next Sessions of this 
Court in October next; and that Mr. Mitchel and the Select-men of Bridgewater, be 
Notified thereof. Sent down for Concurrence. 

The Vote of the Board sent down and entred Yesterday for a Committee to 

take Order for a Place for the Reception of the Governour, when he shall Arrive. 

Read and 

Non-Concurr'd, Inasmuch as Matters of charge ought to Originate in this 

House. And this House have a Week since, appointed a Committee to provide for 



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His Excellency's Reception, when he shall Arrive, who have already proceeded in 
the Affair. Sent up 

A Petition of Simeon Stoddard, and One Hundred and Eighty-eight Others In- 
habitants of the Town of Boston, &c. Presented to the House and Read, praying 
this Court to provide a Medium of Exchange in Trade, for want whereof the 
Trade of this Province is almost ruin'd. 

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referr'd to the next 
Session. 

A Message from His Excellency, That if the House have any thing of necessity 
to be done, they should bring it forward presently, for His Excellency had De- 
termin'd upon a short Prorogation. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for the more safe keeping the Registry of Deeds, and 
Conveyances of Lands. Sent down from the Board Concurr'd with some Amend- 
ments; which Amendments were Read, and agreed to by the House. 

And the Bill sent up. , ; 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board by Capt. Noyes, Capt. Ful- 
ham, Major Bradford, Mr. Lothrop, Mr. Parsons, Capt. Osgood, and Capt. South- 
worth, that there are several Bills of Publick Importance and Benefit, that have 
some of them pass'd through both Houses; others that have had Readings in 
them, which the House are Desirous to Perfect before they are Prorogu'd. And 
that the said Members present and leave a List of them before His Excellency. 

But as this Message was going up a Message came down from the Board, That 
Mr. Speaker and the House do now attend His Excellency in the Council Cham- 
ber. 

The said Members went up with the afore-written Message, and particularly, 
Laid before His Excellency the great Importance of the Bills for Impost and Ex- 
cise. [ 34 ] 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Preserving, Increasing and 
Securing Naval Stores ; Particularly, Tar, Turpentine, and Rozin, within this Prov- 
ince. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

Ordered, That Worcester Petition be referr'd to the next Session. 



Mr. Speaker, and the House went up to the Council Chamber, and His Ex- 
cellency Prorogu'd the Court to Wednesday the 20th Day of July next, at Ten a 
Clock in the fore-noon. 

THe Representatives returning to their own Chamber, and taking into Con- 
sideration His Excellency's Speech, directed to the Court, before he De- 
clared the Prorogation: Importing, That it was almost a Month since the 



Journal of the House of Representatives 45 

beginning of the sessions, and that they had done little or nothing for the good of 
the Province, and that the Houses were distempered, and therefore he should 
Raise them by a short Prorogation, hoping they would come together in a better 

Temper: Did therefore Unanimously Agree and Conclude to Print their 

Journal of the present Sessions, and Desired the Representatives of 2£>0$tOtt 
to take care that the same might be Seasonably done; and the Clerk to prepare 
a Copy accordingly. 

BOS TON: Printed by B. Green. Sold by Samuel Gerrisk at his Shop on the 
North side of King Street, near the Town House. 171 5. 



[35] Anno Regni Regis GEORGII nunc Magna Britanniae, && Primo. 

JOURNAL 

Of the House of 

Representatives. 



At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in jjiefcO^ltglantJ, begun & held at HBOtftOtt, upon 
Wednesday the 25th Day of $$&$> &1W0 £Dontim, 1715. And continued by 
Prorogation to Wednesday the 20th Day of 3flulE next after, and then Met. 

MR. Speaker, sent up a Message to the Board, by Mr. John Sterns, That 
a Quorum of the House are met, and ready to proceed upon the busi- 
ness of the Session. 
A Message from His Excellency by Thomas Hutchinson Esq; That Mr. Speaker 
and the whole House forthwith attend him in the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and His Excellency made a 
Speech to the Court, whereof Mr. Speaker obtain'd a Copy, and with the House 
return'd to their own Chamber. 

His Excellency's Speech, Read, and is as follows, viz. 

GENTLEMEN, 

AT the Last Sessions of this Assembly I earnestly recommended to you the Rais- 
ing of 22000 1. Granted & Determined by two former Assemblies of the Prov- 
ince, for the Drawing in of that Sum of the Province Bills, Raised& Emitted for the 
Support of the late War, and Trouble with the Indians; which said Acts of Assembly 
were Passed, by the Representatives, and the Council of the Province, and Presented to 
the Governour to be Sig^d, £jf Passed by the Seal in due manner and accordingly in 
that Form, were sent home, and are there of Record, and Accepted by the Right Hon- 
ourable the Lords of the Council of Trade Iff Plantations, as I was Commanded by the 
Instructions for the Government, of which every body Concerned, being apprized, I 
made no doubt you would without any Delay have Proceeded to Apportion, and Levy it 
as those Acts Direct; as also the Impost & Excise, which is thereby in like manner De- 
termined, to be Raised in Aid, of the said Taxes severally; You are all sensible how 
well y thriftily, as well as successfully those Sums were Disbursed, and applyed to De- 
fray the necessary Expences of the War, and with what Honour your Bills Passed for 
the Support of those heavy Charges, without any Disparagement: And its as easy to 
see how the Credit of those Bills, must needs sink & fail, if the present or any future 



Journal of the House of Representatives 47 

Assembly, shall upon any Pretence whatsoever, break in upon those Clauses in the 
Said Acts, for the time of Payment, which I am willing to give my Opinion, We have 
no Power to do. Nor if we had, any reason at present to Project it, for that we are in 
Peace, and very capable to Discharge our Debts, in such Proportion as they are De- 
termine, and since we have neither Power, nor need to delay the Payment, I am of 
Opinion we shall Disparage the Publick Faith of the Province, to that Degree that our 
Bills will fail in their Value, to the very great Injury of every Body that have taken 
them, or are in Possession of them; and in this we are justified by His Majesty's Most 
Gracious Speech from the Throne, " That nothing can contribute more to the Support 
il of the Credit of the Nation, than a strict Observance of Parliamentary Engagements. 
[36] 

/ therefore earnestly Recommend the Consideration of the Tax, Impost and Excise 
to your present Resolves, and hope you will make no Delay but pass through them, in 
two or three Dayes, not admitting of any other business this Session. 

You will also Remember, That the Treasurers Support in his Office, is not provided 
for, and others in Office at Home or Foreign depending on your Justice, and respect to 
them in such manner, as has been usual; which being done. I shall not further Delay 
your own Business, which Demand your being at home. 

I shall Account my self happy to see these Affairs well agree* d, and there shall be 
nothing wanting on my Part for His Majesty's Service, the Honour of the Govern- 
ment, and the benefit of all His Majesties good Subjects concern' d herein. 

J. DUDLEY. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act for Regulating of Fees. 
Read a first and a second time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act for Erecting a Powder-house in 
Boston. Read a first and a second time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the more safe keeping the Registry of Deeds iff Convey' 
ances of Lands. Read a first and a second time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act of Limitation, for Quieting of Pos- 
sessions. Read a first and a second time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Building & Maintaining a Light-house upon the 
Great Brewster, called Beacon Island, at the entrance of the Harbour of Boston. 
Read a first and a second time. 

Mr. Gershom Hall return'd Representative of the Town of Harwich, who was 
not present at the last Session, now appeared. And made his Excuse to the House 
for his Absence the last Session. 

Ordered, That his Excuse be accepted, and that he go up to the Board to be 
qualifyed by taking the Oaths, &c. 



48 Journal of the House of Representatives 

Some Letters advising that the Cape Sables Indians had taken some Fishing 
Vessels belonging to Inhabitants of this Province; Sent down from the Board & 
Read. And the Governours Orders to Capt. Cay ley Commander of His Majesties 
Ship the Rose Man of War, to take on board & transport Col. Edmund Goffe, and 
Capt. Cyprian Southack, Commissioners appointed to Treat with the said In- 
dians, and know the reasons of their Insulting the Fishery, and Taking the Ves- 
sels, and Demand their Restoration; and to Conciliate and Establish Friendship 
with the said Indians. Read. 

A Petition of Archibald Stobo, a Minister of the Gospel, lately arriv'd from 
Carolina, Driven from his Habitation there by the Hostility of the Indians, pre- 
sented to the House & Read, praying that the Duty upon Eleven Negro Women 
and Children by him Imported, may be abated. 

A A4essage from the Board by Andrew Belcher Esq; That Capt. Southack being 
sick, Col. Higginson & Col. Goffe are appointed Commissioners to go and Treat 
with the Cape Sables Indians. And His Excellency & Council desire the Clerk of 
this House may be spared to go with them, and assist in that Service, being ac- 
quainted with the Treaties that have been with the Indians. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. William Paine, That the House (as his 
Excellency in his Speech to the Court Directs) are desirous to Dispatch the busi- 
ness of the Session as speedily as possible, & therefore can by no means spare 
their Clerk. 

His Excellency's Speech Read again, and that Paragraph thereof which relates 
to the Levying of 22000 1. this Year, long debated, and a Resolution formed. 

IN Consideration that the Trade of this Province, is greatly Obstructed, & sunk by 
the Exportation of the Coin, and for want of a Medium of Exchange, & the only 
Medium [ 37 ] now passing in Trade, is the Bills of Publick Credit, which are so far 
drawn in already, that by reason thereof the Inhabitants of this Province, will labour 
under great Difficulty to pay the Tax of Twenty two Tousand Pounds, granted to be 
raised this Year within the same. And Considering, That no Damage will accrue to the 
Publick, or to private Persons, the Possessors of the Bills: {this Court having abund- 
antly secured the Credit of the Bills by making them a legal Tender) but Conveniency, 
and Advantage to both by Protracting the Payment, of part of the said Tax to a further 
Convenient time. 

Voted, That Eleven Thousand Pounds only of the said Sum, be Levied and Col- 
lected this present Year, and that the Impost and Excise be a Fund & Security 
for drawing in the Sum of Four Thousand Pounds more thereof. 
And that the remaining Sum of Seven Thousand Pounds be Levied at the Ses- 



Journal of the House of Representatives 49 

sion of this Court in May, 1722. and paid into the Treasury by the last Day of 
December next after. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^obig 21 Die SWii 17 15. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Granting to His Majesty several Rates 13 Duties of 
Impost y Tunnage of Shipping. Read a first and second time. 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That Mr. Paine, Mr. Remington, Col. Thaxter, Mr. Balch, and Capt. 
Cawley, Go up to the Board, and acquaint his Excellency, That this House desire 
to be Informed, Whether His Excellency has consented to the several Publick and 
Private Bills, pass'd by both Houses at the last Session. And what steps have 
been since taken for the Repair of the Fort at Brunswick near Pejepscut Falls? 
Who Return'd, That His Excellency had consented to the several Bills, but His 
Excellency had still under consideration the Vote on the Petition of Richard 
Coomes. And that nothing was yet done to the Repairing of the Fort at Brunswick. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Building & Maintaining a Light-house, upon the 
Great Brewster (called Beacon Island) at the Entrance of the Harbour of Boston. 
Read a third time, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act for Regulating Fees. 
Read a third time, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act for Erecting of a Powder-house in 
Boston. Read a third time, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act of Limitation, for Quieting Posses- 
sions. Read a third time, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the more safe keeping the Registry of Deeds & Convey- 
ances of Lands. Read a third time, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

$o£t ar^eritiiem. 

The Petition of Archibald Stobo, praying as entred Yesterday. Read again, and 
Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be Granted. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 
A Bill Intituled, An Act granting to His Majesty an Excise upon Wines, Liquors 
and other Strong Drink, Sold by Retail. Read a first and second time. 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 38 ] 



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WHereas the Subjects of the French King are vigorously carrying on a very 
considerable Settlement at Cape Breton, which must necessarily demand 
large Supplies, of Provisions, Timber, Plank Boards, Nails, &c. for the well effect- 
ing thereof. And inasmuch as there are just Grounds to believe that some evil 
Minded Persons, in this as well as the Province of New-Hampshire, in manifest 
contempt of the Fifth & Sixth Articles of a Treaty for a Neutrality, in America, 
between England, and France, made at Whitehall the 6th of November, 1686. 
wherein it is Inserted, in the Fifth Article of the aforesaid Treaty, "That if any 
"Ship or Vessel shall be found Trading or Fishing, contrary to the Tenour of the 
"aforesaid Treaty, the said Ship or Vessel with its Loading, proof being made 
"thereof, shall be Confiscated. Which Articles were lately sent from the Secretary 
of State to this Government, for their Observation thereof, and Printed & Pub- 
lished here. As also a Proclamation against a Commerce & Trade, with the French 
of Canada, Cape Breton, &c. Issued forth by Order of the Governour, with the Ad- 
vice of the Council the 3d Day of January last past, and one other of the same 
Import, on the 29th Day of March last past, for the Lucre of gain have from time 
to time furnished the French at Cape Breton, with Live Cattel, Pork, Corn, Lum- 
ber, and other things, without which the aforesaid Settlement would have been 
very much Retarded, if not wholly Defeated. 

Wherefore Resolved,Tha.t a Message be sent up to His Excellency the Governour 
to desire that he would be pleased to Order Capt. Cayley in His Majesty's Ship 
Rose after he has accomplished his intended Cruise to the Eastward, forthwith to 
proceed to Cape Breton, and there to Cruise as long as the Season will allow; to 
prevent the aforesaid clandestine Trade, which will be of great Service & Honour 
to the Crown: But if not timely done, may prove very injurious to this Province, 
with respect to the Fishery, which at all times deserves a very great Regard. And 
that the Commissioner be Instructed, to proceed to Cape Breton, and acquaint 
the Chief Officer there of the Insults & Captions, made by the Indians & French 
amongst the Fishery, on the Coast of Nova Scotia, which the Indians do affirm 
was by the Instigation of the French at Cape Breton, from whom they have re- 
ceived great Presents; which is a manifest Breach of the Peace concluded be- 
tween Her late Majesty, and the Most Christian King; and that this Govern- 
ment accordingly represent the same to His Majesty. 

The Petition of Samuel Sewall Esq; pass'd upon in this House the last Session. 
Brought down from the Board, not having been pass'd upon there. Read again, 
and the Vote of this House thereon, and 

Ordered, That the said Vote be Revived, and sent up for Concurrence. 

A Plat of Seven Hundred Acres of Land, laid out by John Gardner, Surveyor, 
and the Chain-men under Oath, for John & Nathanael Higginson, pursuant to the 
Order of this Court at their last Session. Presented to the House for Confirmation. 






Journal of the House of Representatives 51 

Ordered, That the Land laid out and protracted in the said Plat be confirmed 
as the Seven Hundred Acres formerly Granted to the late Reverend Mr. John 
Higginson: Provided it Intrench not upon any former grant. Sent up for Con- 
currence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning nine a clock. 

t£etteri£ 11 hit ^u\ii 17 15. 

THe Precept last sent to the Town of Rochester, Return'd into the House, and 
Mr. Samuel Prince their Representative; who appear'd: And went up to 
the Board to be qualified by taking the Oaths, &c. 

A Letter from Major John Jencks of Providence, Moving that the Line be- 
tween this Government and that of Rhode-Island, may not be Settled, according 
to the last agreement of the Commissioners for that end. Read. [ 39 ] 

A Report of Eliakim Hutchinson, &c. the Committee appointed the last Year to 
count & burn unserviceable Bills in the Treasury, Dated January 24. 1714. Read. 
Signifying, That they had then counted & burnt the Sum of 14427 /. 4J. of 
the said Bills. 2589 /. 9 s. 9 d. thereof being part of the 40000 /. Loan received 
into the Treasury, the remaining 11837 /. 14 s. 3 d. thereof being such as were 
Exchang'd. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be Discharged of the said Bills, which the Com- 
mittee Report on the other side they have seen burnt to ashes. Sent up for Con- 
currence. 

A Report of the Committee last mentioned, Dated March 24. 1714 Read. 
Shewing, 

That they then had counted & burnt of Bills receiv'd in exchange. /. 6000 00 o 
Of Province Neat Bills. 15638 121 

Receiv'd into the Treasury with 5 per Cent, advance, is 781 18 7 

/. 22410 10 8 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be Discharged of the Bills, which the Committee 
report on the other side they have seen burnt to ashes. It being agreeable to the 
Treasurers General Accompts, pass'd by this Court at their Session in May last, 
so far as relates to them. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A further Report of the Committee last mentioned, Dated, May 19. 1715. 
Read. Shewing, That they had then counted & burnt, 7953 /. 5 s. 7 d. of the said 
Bills of Publick Credit, that were receiv'd in Exchange as not fit to pass any 
longer. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be Discharged of the Bills which the Committee 
report on the other side, they have seen burnt to ashes. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



52 journal of the House of Representatives 

A Petition of Peter Roe, James Younglove, John Burbank & Jacob Adams jun. 
Selectmen of the Town of Suffield, presented to the House & Read, Shewing, 
That pursuant to the Order of this Court at their last Session, the said Town had 
a Meeting and chose Town Officers, but that John Austan, Clerk of the said 
Town the last Year, detain's and refuses to Deliver the Town Book to the Town 
Clerk chosen for this Year, which creates confusion in the affairs of the Town. 
Praying Remedy. 

Resolved, That John Austan the late Town Clerk of Suffield, be preremptorily 
required to deliver the Town Book & Records to Joseph Winchel, the person last 
chosen and Sworn to be Clerk of the said Town, upon the Penalty of paying Ten 
Pounds per Week, for the use of the County of Hampshire, for every Week he con- 
tinues to detain them, after the said Winchel makes demand thereof. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Vote of this House pass'd the 20th Currant for a Tax of nooo /. only to be 
raised this Year. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council July 
21. 171 5. Read and Non-concurr'd. 

Ordered, That the said Vote be Insisted on, and sent up. 

A Petition of Zechariah Tuthill Lieut. & Master Gunner, of His Majesty's Cas- 
tle William, presented to the House & Read, praying, That Arrears of Wages due 
to him may be paid; as set forth in the Petition. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be referr'd to the next Session for further Con- 
sideration. 

A Petition of Mary Haddrell, and Magdalene Beauchamp, lately arrived from 
Carolina, being driven from their Livings there by the Incursions of the Indians, 
presented to the House & Read, praying, That the Duty on Eight Negro Slaves 
belonging to them here Imported, may be abated. 

Resolved, That the prayer of the Petition be granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by John Higginson, Andrew Belcher, John Cushing 
and Addington Davenport Esqrs; Moving, That in the Bill for the Erecting & 
Maintaining a Light-house, &c. the Vessels belonging to the Province of New- 
Hampshire, may be inserted among those that are to be accounted Coasters. 

The Question being put, Whether the House agree to the said Amendment? 
It pass'd in the Negative. [ 40 ] 

A Message was sent up to the Board to acquaint them with the said Vote. 

A Petition of James Minot, and Sixty seven others, presented to the House and 
Read, praying, That a Tract of Land of Eight Miles square, lying on the Westerly 
and Northerly sides of Brookfield, may be granted to them and made a Township, 
and that they may have leave to purchase the Indian Title thereof. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be referr'd to the next Session, for further con- 
sideration. 



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Whereas this Court have ordered the Calling in & Exchanging of several of the De- 
nominations of the Bills of Publick Credit on this Province; and many of the Bills that 
are paid into the Treasury are Torn y Defac'd which can be of no use, but some haz- 
ard to lodge long in the Treasury. 

Ordered, That the Representatives of the Town of Boston, Capt. Chambers. & 
Mr. Denison with such as the Honourable Board shall Nominate, be a Commit- 
tee, at any time (between this Session & the Session of this Court in May next) 
when the Treasurer shall have Two Thousand Pounds, or more of Bills in the 
Treasury, that are received in Exchange, as aforesaid, or otherwise defac'd, and 
unfit for use, at his application to them, to take an account of the Number of each 
of the sorts of the said Bills, and the Sum the whole amounts to, and give the 
Treasurer Receipt for them; and burn the said Bills to ashes, and make report of 
their doings to this Court, as often as there shall be opportunity, whose Receipt 
shall be a Discharge to the Treasurer equal to what the said Bills would have been, 
if they had continued in his hands. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Amos Merrel of Boston, presented to the House & Read, praying, 
That the Taile upon the Land descended to him from his late Father Jeremy Mer- 
rel, may be cut off for reasons therein mentioned. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Referr'd to the next Session, for further con- 
sideration. 

A Petition of William Manley Sen. and fifteen others, Inhabitants of the Tract 
of Land commonly called Taunton North Purchase; presented to the House & 
Read, praying, That they may be form'd into a Township, for reasons therein 
mentioned. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Referr'd to the next Session, for further 
consideration. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds be allowed and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury, to the Committee appointed by this Court, to Erect a Light- 
house on Beacon Island at the Entrance of the Harbour of Boston, pursuant to an 
Act of this Court, for a present supply towards the carrying on of that affair, who 
are to keep, and render fair Accompts of their Disbursing thereof to this Court. 

And the said Committee are hereby Impowred to Treat with the Owners of the 
said Island, and purchase it of them, for the said Service. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Establishing a Rule for the Apportioning of Townli 
County Assessments, for the Year Seventeen Hundred & fifteen. 
Read a second & a third time. 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Vote of this House pass'd the 20. Currant for the Raising of a Tax of 



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nooo /. only this Year: Sent down again from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. 
In Council July 22. 1715. put to the Vote whether the Board do Insist on their 
Vote of Non-concurrence, within-mentioned, on the 21 July Currant? 
Pass'd in the Affirmative. 

For that the Grant of Twenty Two Thousand Pounds mentioned in the Intro- 
duction, to the Vote of the House of Representatives, cannot justly be taken 
away, altered, or abated by this Court. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 41 ] 

Jbabfcati 23 Die ^ulii 1715, 

A Petition of Joseph Lord Pastor of the Church at Dorchester in South Caro- 
lina, praying, That an Indian Girl his Servant attending upon Two of his 
Children, whom he has sent to this Province to avoid the Danger of the Indian 
Enemy, may be allowed to be Imported & Remain here for that Service, the Law 
of the Province to the contrary notwithstanding. Sent down from the Board 
pass'd upon there, viz. In Council July 20th. 1715. Read & Ordered, That the 
prayer of this Petition be granted, provided the Petitioner engage, to Transport 
the Indian Girl, when his Family go from hence; and that he do not make Me-- 
chandize of her in the mean time. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read & Concurr'd. 

The Vote of this House pass'd the 20th currant for a Tax of 1 1000 /. only to be 
Raised this Year, and the last Vote of the Board thereon entred yesterday further 
considered, and 

Ordered, That the Vote of the House be adhered to, and sent up. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for Granting to His Majesty several Rates 13 
Duties of Impost 13 Tunnage of Shipping. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for Building 13 Maintaining a Light-house 
upon the Great Brewster, called Beacon-Island, at the Entrance of the Harbour in 
Boston. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act Granting to His Majesty an Excise upon 
Wines, Liquors, 13 other Strong Drink, Sold by Retail. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Plan of One thousand Acres of Land lying ten Miles, South-westward of Wa- 
chusett-Hill, laid out several Years since by John Haynes, Surveyor, pursuant to a 
Grant made Anno 1681. to the Six Youngest Children of Major Simon Willard, 
and now renewed by John Haynes, Surveyor, Son of the said John Haynes; pre- 
sented to the House by Samuel Sezvall Esq; for confirmation. And the following 
Vote pass'd thereon: viz. 



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Ordered, That the Land contained in the Plat above Delineated, be allowed and 
confirmed to be the Thousand Acres granted to the Six youngest Children of 
Major Simon Willard in the Year 1681. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Draught of a Stone Fort proposed to be Erected at Pejepscut Falls in Bruns- 
wick, & a computation of the Cost, sent down from the Board, & Inspected & 
Considered. 

It appearing to this House by the Projection & Computation laid before them, 
that the Building of a Stone Fort at Brunswick, near Pejepscut Falls, will be at- 
tended with a great & unnecessary charge, and require a considerable time before 
it can be compleated. 

Voted, That the Fort to be built there be made of Logs or Timber, not exceed- 
ing the Dimensions of Fifty Feet square; and that Col. John Wheelwright, Capt. 
Lewis Bane, and Charles Frost Esq; who built the Fort at Winter Harbour, be a 
Committee to build the said Fort, with as much Expedition as may be; that the 
Stores at Casco-Fort, so far as needful, may be removed thither: which we are In- 
formed are too much exposed to the Indians, through the decay'd State of that 
Fort. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Accompt of Joseph Jencks jun. his charge in building the Great Bridge over 
Pautucket River, amounting to the Sum of 223 /. 14 s. 11 d. Read, with a Letter 
from Mr. Richard Ward, Secretary of the Colony of Rhode-Island, Moving this 
Government to pay one half of the said Sum. 

Ordered, That the said Accompt be Referr'd to the next Session, for further 
consideration. 

Ordered, That such Petitions as were the last Session referr'd to this, and have 
not now been considered, be referr'd to the next Session. [ 42 ] 

The Vote of this House pass'd this Day for a Wooden Fort to be built at Bruns- 
wick; Sent down again from the Board with a Message, That they are of Opinion, 
since there is a Stone Fort there that may be repaired, It is better it be proceeded 
in than that a New one should be built with Wood, and therefore the Board had 
not Concurr'd with the said Vote. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act for Establishing a Rule for the Apportioning 
of Town y County Assessments for the Year Seventeen Hundred & Fifteen. 
Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Message from the Board by Addington Davenport, and Edmund Quinsey 
Esqrs; That His Excellency and Council, have pitch'd upon the Clerk of this 
House for a Commissioner to proceed to Cape Sables to Treat with the Indians 
there, and desire the consent of the House that he may attend that Service. 

The Question being put, Whether the House consent to the said Motion from the 
Board? It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Message sent up to acquaint His Excellency & the Board with the said Vote. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next Three a Clock in the afternoon. 



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Hume 25 bie ^uui 171 5, 

A Memorial of Andrew Belcher Esq; at the desire and in behalf of Samuel Pa- 
tridge Esq; Moving, That liberty may be granted to those that had Boxed 
Pine Trees to draw Turpentine in the County of Hampshire, before the Act pass'd 
the last Session did prohibit it, may be allowed to draw the Turpentine from them 
this Summer, paying such acknowledgment as this Court shall see meet to Order, 
brought down from the Board, having been there Read, and Recommended. 
Read. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Request oj the said Memorial be granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Message from the Board by Andrew Belcher, Isaac Winslow, & John Pynchon 
Esqrs; That His Excellency & Council, have found no proper Person, besides Col. 
Goffe, that they can prevail with to proceed as Commissioner, to Treat with the 
Cape Sable Indians, and that they apprehend His Majesty's Subjects in their 
hands are in danger of Suffering by them. Desiring the Advice of the House in the 
affair. And left two Affidavits of such Persons as have lately been in the hands of 
the said Indians, which were Read: 

And a Petition of Jotham Odiorn in behalf of himself, and William Pepperell 
Esq; of Kittery, Shewing, That the Indians at Cape Sables have taken two Fish- 
ing Sloops and a Shallop belonging to the said Pepperell, and two Fishing Sloops 
of the said Odiorns , i praying, That they may have liberty to send and Ransom 
their Vessels, and bring home Eleven Men now in the hands of the said Indians: 
And that a suitable Number of Men may be allowed to go with them, for that 
end in such Vessel as this Court shall Order. Read and 

Ordered, That the Petition be Rejected; the Petitioner Odiorn being an Inhabi- 
tant of the Province of New-Hampshire; it is proper for him to apply there. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to His Excellency the Governour, earnestly 
moving, That the Request of this House of the 21st. currant agreed to by the 
Council, for the Guard-ship to proceed to Cape Breton, £j?c. when she had finished 
her Intended Cruise, may be answered. 

That if it be Suspected, That any of the English have Injured, or Defrauded 
any of the Indians, that it may be inquired into and Justice done to the Indians, 
That no proper means may be neglected to prevent the great Calamity of a War 
returning upon us. 

That His Excellency will please to give Instruction to the Captain of the Man 
of War, to Represent to the Commander in Chief at Cape Breton, That the 
French are [ 43 ] Fishing to the Westward of the Gut of Canso, which is contrary 
to the late Treaty of Peace. 

A Message from the Board, That His Excellency did agree to the Message last 
sent to him from the House. 



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A Message from the Board by John Clark, Thomas Fitch, and Edmund Quinsey 
Esqrs; That the Man of War is delay'd Sailing on her Cruise Eastward by noth- 
ing but the wanting of another Commissioner, in which they should be glad of the 
advice of this House. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Capt. Noyes & Col. Thaxter, That the 
House is of Opinion, That Mr. John Nelson is a Person very proper for that 
Service. 

Who Return'd, That Mr. Nelson could not be obtain'd for that Service. 

A Message from the Board by Addington Davenport and John Pynchon Esqrs; 
Desiring, Mr. William Paine a Member of this House, to undertake the Service of 
a Commissioner, to Treat with the Cape Sables Indians; and that the House 
would consent to his proceeding therein: 

But Mr. Paine acquainted the House, That he could by no means attend that 
Service. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. In Council July 25. 171 5. 

In answer to the Petition of William Pepper ell Esq; He has leave to visit the 

Indians in friendship, at Cape Sables, and use all proper .methods to regain his 

Men and Vessels, out of the Indians hands; and the Frigot being also ordered to 

visit that Coast may cover them, and afford them their Advice and Protection. 

Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Non-concurr'd: As a Matter of dangerous Consequence, for this 
Government to give allowance to the Ransoming of Captions from the Indians. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

a^artig 16 hit ^ulii 1715* 

A Petition of the Eastern Congregation in the Town of Watertown by their 
Committee, praying, That they may be made a Separate Town, the West- 
ern Part of the said Town continuing to Illude the Orders of this Court for the 
Maintenance of the Ministry in the said Town: Sent down from the Board with 
their Vote thereon for Concurrence, which was Read and Agreed to by the House, 
with an Amendment. And is as follows, The Amendment being inserted, viz. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners, serve the Select-men and Assessors of Water- 
town, with a Copy of this Petition and Summon them to attend this Court on the 
Second Wednesday of the next Fall-Session, to answer the Complaints, made 
therein, of their neglecting to comply with the Orders of this Court, for the Main- 
tenance of their Ministers. Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and Concurr'd. 

The Honourable Board not seeing cause to agree to the Vote of this House of 
the 23d Currant for Building a Fort with Wood. 

Voted, That His Excellency the Governour be Requested to Order the Repair- 



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ing of the Stone Fort at Brunswick near Pejepscut Falls, agreeable to the Vote of 
this Court at their last Session. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board, desiring, That the Bills that 
have pass'd the Houses, may be Engross'd, and Enacted, that the Court may 
rise; this House having now no business before them. 

The Petition of Josiah Chapin Esq; of Mendon, upon which a Vote was pass'd 
in this House, the 28th June last; sent down from the Board, the Council not 
having then pass'd upon it. 

Ordered, That the said Vote be Revived and sent up for Concurrence. [ 44 ] 

And the Vote of this House pass'd on the Petition of the Inhabitants of Brook- 
field, the 9th of June last, not being then pass'd upon in Council: Sent down again 
to be Revived. 

Ordered, That the said Vote be Revived and sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Edward White of Boston, shewing, That Mr. Joseph Dowding of 
the said Town hath wrongfully taken away, and with-holds from him his House, 
wherein he is without remedy in the Law; And that the Committee appointed by 
this Court to Audit, and Adjust the Accompts depending between them, have 
reported a considerable Sum to be due to him: Praying, That the said Report 
may be confirmed, and the said Dowding be compelled to pay him accordingly; or 
that his Affair may again have its course through the Law. 

Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council July 26. 1715. 
Read, and the prayer of the Petition is so far granted, That the Petitioner be 
admitted to a new Trial. Sent down for Concurrence. Read & Con- 

curr'd. 

A Letter from His Excellency the Governour to the two Houses. Sent down 
from the Board, and is as follows, viz. 

Council Chamber in Boston, July 26. 171 5. 
GENTLEMEN, 

THe News from Cape Sables increasing upon us, that the Indians have pro- 
ceeded in their Hostilities, so far as to make themselves Masters of about 
Twenty-seven of our Fishing Vessels, and Men belonging, of whom they have Mur- 
dered Eight, and wounded Others. 

I am of Opinion, That the Frigot proceed immediately to Annapolis Royall, and 
Acquaint the Government there, of our present Posture, and their Danger, and obtain 
their advice of any Method, to be used to Recover our Vessels, and Prisoners out of the 
Indian bands; and from thence to proceed to Cape Sables, to advise our Fishing Ves- 
sels there of their Danger: And that there be taken up forth-with two good Sloops with 
Thirty Men each, to Defend and Secure our remaining Fishery, upon the Coast of 
Cape Sables, and Parts Adjacent, and to hold his Cruise therefor Twenty Dayes, and 
then give us Notice for our further Proceedure; and that the Frigot Sail forth-with, 



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with Col. Goffe on Board, no other fit Person to be joyned with him in this Negotiation 
appearing. J. DUDLEY. 

Pass'd upon in Council, viz. July 26th. 171 5. Read and Accepted, and desired 
that it be forth-with proceeded upon. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for the more safe keeping the Registry of 
Deeds and Conveyances of Lands. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act for Regulating Fees. 
Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Petition of John Austan, late Town Clerk of Suffield, presented to the House 
and Read, praying this Court to Order the Proprietors of the said Town, to have 
a Meeting; and that the Justices of the General Sessions of the Peace in the 
County of Hampshire, may Hear and Determine their Differences relating to 
Grants of Lands in the said Town. 

Ordered, That the Inhabitants of the Town of Suffield, be advised & directed to 
Compromise, and Issue their Differences in the Affairs afore-mentioned, among 
themselves as speedily as may be. But if they shall not be so wise as to do it, in the 
space of three Months next coming, & signifie it to the Honourable Samuel Par- 
tridge Esq; That then the Justices of the General Sessions of the Peace in the 
County of Hampshire, Hold a Special Session at the said Town, Hear both Par- 
ties & Determine and Settle their Differences, whose Determination shall be a final 
Issue, and be so entred in their Town Book. 

The charge of the Session to be born by the said Town. 

And the Town Clerk is directed to Enter no Record of the Lands in contro- 
versy, [ 45 ] before the Session order'd of the Justices, unless the Town come into 
a good and amicable agreement therein. Sent up for Concurrence. With a 
Message that the House have no business before them and desire to Rise. 

A Message from the Board by John Clark, Thomas Hutchinson, and Edmund 
Quins ey Esqrs; That several Allowances which are wont to be made Annually at 
the May Session, are not yet done; as the Allowance to the Judges, Treasurer, &c. 
Moving the House now to Grant the same. And intimated that the Treasurer is 
not willing to be Sworn for the Service of the Year currant, until his Allowance 
for the last Year's Service is Granted. 

The Question being put, Whether the House will proceed to make Allowances at 
this time, inasmuch as the Tax to be Levied this Year is not agreed ont 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

And the said Vote was sent up to the Board by Capt. Noyes, Mr. William 
Paine, and Mr. Chipman. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. In Council, July 26th. 1 71 5. 



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Elisha Hutchinson, Eliakim Hutchinson, Andrew Belcher, Thomas Hutchinson and 
Edmund Quinsey Esqrs; are a Committee to confer upon the Tax, with such as 
the Representatives shall appoint, that the Occasions of the Province be not lost 
for want of a Supply. Sent down for Concurrence. Read & Concurr'd with an 
Amendment added, viz. And consider some Expedient wherein the Houses may 
be likely to agree for raising one. 

And Capt. Noyes, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Epps, Capt. Fullam, Maj. Bradford, Capt. 
Parsons, Capt. Cawley, Mr. Knolton, and Capt. Chambers are joined in the Affair. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

S^ercurii 27 Hie ^pulii 171 5, 

A Plat of Land, offered to the House for confirmation, pursuant to the Vote 
of this Court at their last Session for 1686. Acres to be laid out, in answer 
to the Petition of the Heirs of John Haynes. 

And the Petition of the Heirs of the said John Haynes, presented to the 
House and Read, praying, That the Land in the said Plat may be confirmed 
to them. 

And a Petition of Hopestill Brown, John Brigham, Joshua Haynes, & Edward 
Goddard, presented to the House and Read, praying, That a certain Tract of 
Meadow, belonging to them, and others, lying within the Limits of the said Plat, 
may be reserved to them, together with some Up-land to Stack their Hay upon, 
and a convenient High-way to the Meadow. 

An Answer of the Heirs of the said John Haynes to the last mentioned Petition, 
Read; and the Question being put, Whether the Plat be Confirmed? 

It pass'd in the Negative. It appearing to the House that the Plat is fallaciously 
drawn, and contains several Hundred Acres of Land more than the 1686. design'd 
to be confirmed by this Court. 

The Petition of the Committee of sundry Proprietors of Swampfield, praying as 
entred the 7th Day of June last. Read again, and 

Ordered, That the Petitioners lay before the Court a Plat of their Original 
Grant, and of the Land they Petition to have added to them by a Surveyor and 
Chain-men under Oath. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by John Clark & Thomas Fitch Esqrs; Moving the 
House to Vote the Wages that shall be given to a Surgeon for the Sloops Ordered 
to Cape Sables. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board, That some proper Person be 
agreed with for that Occasion, upon such reasonable Terms as he can be ob- 
tained. [ 46 ] 

The following Vote brought from the Board by Andrew Belcher, Isaac Winslow, 
Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas Fitch, and Edmund Quinsey Esqrs; viz. 



/. 


s. 


d. 


2000 








2000 








5ooo 








13000 









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Proposals for the Drawing in 22000 /. to be Levied on Polls and Estates, for 
this present Year 171 5. 

Interest on the 50000 /. Loan Money. 
In the Treasury, as appears by the Treasurers Accompts. 
Impost and Excise, suppose to be. 

A Tax on Polls & Estates to be Levied this present Year, to 
compleat the 22000 /. 

/. 22000 o o 
In Council July 27th. 1715. Voted & Accepted unanimously. 
Sent down for Concurrence. R.ead. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. William Denison, Mr. Hitchcock, and 
Mr. Chipman, That the House desire to see the Report of the Committee of both 
Houses, appointed to confer about the Tax. Which they brought down, & is as 
follows, viz. 

Proposals, for Drawing in the Tax of 22000 /. Granted to be paid in the Year 
1715. viz. 

A Tax on Polls and Estates. 

Interest of the 50000 /. Loan, 

In the Treasury, with an Obligation & Judgment of Court. 

Impost and Excise. 

/. 22000 o o 

A Tax to be Granted on Polls and Estates to make good Deficiencies on any of 
the above Sums, 5000 /. To be Levied in 171 2, or 171 3. 

Read and Accepted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Elisha Hutchinson, Andrew Belcher, Edward 
Bromfield, John Clark, Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas Fitch, Thomas Oliver, and Ed- 
mund Quinsey Esqrs. who brought down the Vote of this House upon the Report 
of the Committee of both Houses, concerning the Tax Non-concurr'd. And Ac- 
quainted the House that the Council could not consent to the Post-poning any 
part of the Tax, and mov'd the House, to consent to the Vote of the Board relat- 
ing to the Tax sent down this Day. 

The Vote of the Board relating to the Tax, entred in the forenoon, and then 
sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-concurr'd. 

Ordered, That the House Adhere to their Vote on the Report of the Committee 
of both Houses. And that it be sent up again. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



1. 


s. 


d. 


I IOOO 








2000 








2050 








6950 









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fobjjsi a8 &xe SWii 1715* 

AN Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act of Limitation, for 
Quieting of Possessions. Read and ' 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

Ordered, That Col. Thaxter, Col. Winthrop, and Mr. William Paine, with such 
as the Honourable Board shall Nominate, be a Committee to Consider & Treat 
with Persons Skilful in Surveying; and acquainted in the Frontires, in order to 
take a Plat of the ungranted Lands, in the Frontiers lying between Connecticut 
Great River, and Merrimack River, up as high Westward, as Pennicook, upon 
Merrimack River, and from thence upon a strait Line, to the nearest part of Con- 
necticut River: The Plat to [ 47 ] Include all the ungranted Lands lying between 
the said two Rivers, and the said strait Line, and the Frontier Towns. And in 
order to take Plats of the ungranted Lands that are within the said Frontiers. 
And make a Report to the next Session of this Court what the charge may proba- 
bly amount to. Sent up for Concurrence. ' 

The following Proposal presented to the House by the Subscribers, viz. 

WE the Subscribers Proprietors of the Lands in Brunswick, Topsham, l$c. be- 
ing Desirous to make such a Settlement, as may be able to sustain a War 
with the Indians, Do acknowlege the Favour of the General Court, in their readiness to 
Encourage £if Protect the intended Settlements, and partiadarly in the Repair of the 
Fort there; yet perceiving the House inclinable to a Wooden Fort, on account of the 
Cheapness of it; We being sensible that as this Fort is set, so as to be a Bridle to the In- 
dians: So if a War should arise, it may be Expected, they will leave no means un- 
tryed, to become Masters of it, towards which the Remoteness from Succour will give 
them great advantage, and considering how much the Lives & Estates there will depend 
upon the Strength^ Security of that Fort; We have been Induced to make the following 
Proposal. 

Thai Whereas the Wooden Fort at Winter Harbour Cost, as we are Informed 400 1. 
Pounds, when Provisions, y Labour were much Cheaper, than at this time, We can't 
suppose such an one now would Cost much less than 500 1. Pounds; and a Stone Fort 
supposed to be much more Chargeable: Yet rather than the said Fort shoidd be of 
Wood, and so liable to be Consumed by Fire, in case it should be Assaulted by French 
as well as Indians. 

We Offer, That if the General Court will please to Allow Five Hundred Pounds, 
and let us now have the Fifteen Men, which are Designed for that Garrison, we will 
enter into Engage-merits to Repair & Finish the aforesaid Stone Fori: To be 50 Foot 



Adam Winthrop 
• Oliver Noyes. 
In behalf of them- 
selves and partners. 



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square, as proposed, with Four Bastions, Two of which of Wood on the Top of the 
Angle; at our own Charge, although it should amount to more than that Sum. And we 
shall set about it in a Weeks time if possible, and hope to finish it before Winter, if not 
Obstructed by the Indians. We desire to have Three Hundred Pounds of the said Sum 
as occasion shall require, to provide Materials, &c. and the remainder when the work 
is finished. 

Boston, July 28/A, 171 5. 
Memorandum, 

Itis agreed that the Foundation of the said Fort shall be\ „, -- ,. 

Three Foot under ground, That the Wall shall be Three 

Foot Thick at Bottom, and at least Ten Foot High above the 
Ground; and laid in Lime Mortar, with Barracks for Fif- 
teen Men; to be built on or near the Spot where the Fort 
now stands. 

Voted, That the said Proposals be accepted, and the Sums be paid out of the 
Treasury as proposed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Thomas Fitch, & Thomas Oliver Esqrs; That 
Capt. Bommazeen with the other Four Eastern Indians that have been here some 
Days upon a Visit, are now returning home, and the Council think it convenient 
that something be given them, to bear their Expences. 

Voted, That the Sum of Four Pounds be allowed them to bear their charges 
home. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. Remington, and Capt. Osgood, That 
this House have no business lying before them, and if there be none to come down 
from the Board, the House desire to be dismist. 

Who return'd answer, That His Excellency said the Treasury is not yet sup- 
plyed, nor the Tax to be Raised this Session agreed upon, nor the Treasurers Sal- 
ary Voted, and he, as yet not Sworn, which ought to be done before the Court 
Rises. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz In Council July 28th. 1 71 5. 
Voted, That if the Assembly agree to lay Eleven Thousand Pounds Tax at this 
Session, in part of the Twenty two Thousand Pounds Granted by two former 
Acts of Assembly, to be paid this Year; the Council will agree to the Act. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 48 ] 

Vtnm$ 29 tiie ^ulii 1715* 

AN Act for Apportioning & Assessing a Tax of Eleven thousand pounds, on 
Polls and Estates, which with the Sum of Two thousand pounds in the 
Treasury, Two thousand pounds Interest of the Loan Money, and Seven thou- 



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sand pounds by the Impost, Excise & Tunnage of Shipping, past this present Ses- 
sion, will make up the Sum of Twenty two thousand pounds pursuant to the 
Funds & Grants, made to Her late Majesty by this Court, at their several Ses- 
sions in Novemb. 1710 & May 171 1. 

Ordered, That the Preamble of the Tax Bill to be pass'd this Session, be formed 
agreeable to the above-mentioned Minutes. And that a Bill be drawn accord- 
ingly, as expeditiously as may be. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be & hereby is Directed & Impowred, to Issue 
forth and Emit the Sum of Four thousand pounds, of the Bills of Publick Credit 
of this Province, that are or shall be received into the Treasury, for payment of 
the Publick Debts of the Province already contracted; for the Defence & Support 
of the Government, and the necessary Protection, and Preservation of the In- 
habitants of this Province; and for the Subsisting of Forts, or Garrisons, and 
Wages arising for their Service: (But the Fort at Casco Bay for no longer time, 
than the first Day of October next;) for Payment of Grants, Salaries, and Allow- 
ances, made or to be made by this Court, according to such Draughts as from 
time to time shall be made upon him, by Warrant or Order of the Governour, by 
& with the Advice & Consent of the Council: and the said Bills shall pass out of 
the Treasury at the value therein expressed, equivalent to Money; and shall be 
taken, and accepted in all Publick Payments at the Advance, and after the Rate 
of Five Pounds per Cent. more. 

And as a Fund & Security for the same, There be, and hereby is Granted to His 
Most Excellent Majesty, to the ends & uses, as aforesaid, a Tax of Four thousand 
pounds, to be levied on Polls & Estates both Real & Personal within this Prov- 
ince, according to such Rules, and in such Proportion, upon the several Towns 
and Districts within the same as shall be agreed on, and ordered by the Great and 
General Court or Assembly of this Province, at their Session in May Anno 1722. 
And paid into the Treasury on or before the last Day of December next after. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Forty Shillings be allowed, and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Mr. Benjamin Rolf for his Service in writing for this Court the 
last Year. Sent up for Concurrence. 

$ogt 2t?eritiietti. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Apportioning y Assessing a Tax of Eleven Thousand 
Pounds upon Polls Es? Estates. Read a first time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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£a&bati 30 &ie ^ulii 1715* 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Apportioning & Assessing a Tax of Eleven Thou- 
sand Pounds upon Polish Estates. Read a 2d and a 3d time. 
Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 
Ordered, That the Representatives of the Town of Boston, be desired to take 
the care of Printing the Votes of this House this Session, and Treat with a Printer 
about the Terms upon which they may be Printed here-after. 

WHEREAS 3flC t0 CitaCteD, in the Act for Granting to His Majesty several 
Rates, and Duties of Impost and Tunnage of Shipping, viz. "That there 
" shall be paid by the Master of every Ship, or other Vessel coming into any Port, 
"or Ports in this Province, [ 49 ] to Trade & Traffick, the major part of the Own- 
"ers whereof are not belonging to this Province; except such Vessels as belong to 
"the Provinces, or Colonies of Pensilvania, West & East Jersey, New-York, Con- 
"necticut, or Rhode-Island; every Voyage such Ship or Vessel does make, the Sum 
"of Eighte en-Pence per Ton, or one Pound of good New Gun-powder, for every 
"Ton such Ship or Vessel is in burthen; to be paid unto the Commissioner, or Re- 
ceiver of the Duties of Impost, and to be Imployed for the Supply of His Maj- 
"esty's Castle, and Forts, within this Province. 

\ Ordered, That it be an Explanation of the said Act, That the said Duty is not 
to be paid for such Part or Parts, of any Ship or other Vessel, that is owned by 
any person or persons Inhabiting this Province; and that it be an Instruction to 
the Officer of Impost to govern himself accordingly. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Complaint of Nathanael Healy, and four others of the South Part of Newton, 
Shewing, That they are Assessed to the Support of the Ministry in the said Town, 
notwithstanding by an Order of this Court, they are annexed to the Western Pre- 
cinct in Roxbury. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council, 
July 30th. 1715. In Answer to this Petition. Voted, That the Vote and Advice 
of this Court, at their Session in May 171 3. to the Town of Newton, to allow Six 
Families lying next to Roxbury to Attend the Worship of God at that Precinct, 
was and is a Possitive Order, to the said Town; to Dismiss the said Six Families, 
from them to Attend the Publick Worship of God at Roxbury; and accordingly 
they are Discharged from paying to the Ministers in Newton. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and 

Ordered, That the consideration of this Petition be referr'd to the next Session 
of this Court; and that in the mean time no Distress be made upon the Peti- 
tioners. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Wait Winthrop, John Clark, & Thomas Fitch 



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Esqrs. That the Board had not pass'd upon the Vote of this House, sent up Yes- 
terday, for Supply of the Treasury: His Excellency having intimated to them, 
That he could not consent to the clause therein relating to Casco Fort. And they 
left the said Vote to be further considered of. 

The said Vote was sent up to the Board again by Mr. Cooke, and Mr. Reming- 
ton, with a Message, That the House is of Opinion, They can't abate the clause 
concerning Casco Fort, without the hazard of having both the Old Fort at Casco, 
and a New one at Pejepscut to be maintained. 

The Vote of this House for Supply of the Treasury, sent down again from the 
Board, with a clause proposed in the room of that concerning Casco Fort. viz. 
And that the Treasurer send the Subsistence for the Garrison at Casco till the 
first Day of October next; not doubting of the Governours Direction to Draw off 
the Garrison at Casco so soon as the New Fort at Pejepscut be finished and ready 
to receive the Stores, and Soldiers now lodged at Casco Fort. 

The Question being put, Whether the House agree to the said Amendment pro- 
pos'd by the Board ? 

It pass'd in the Negative. Nemine Contradicente. 

Ordered, That the House Adhere to their Vote. Sent up. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next Three a Clock in the 

afternoon. 

%w\® i tiie &ugu0ti 17 1 5. 

ADdington Davenport Esq; Brought down from the Board some Letters advis- 
ing of the Return of the Vessels and Men, that were taken by the Cape Sables 
Indians, and inform'd the House there is no business lying before them. [ 50 ] 

Mr. Cooke, Mr. Paine, and Capt. Fullam were sent up to the Board, to Inquire 
whether the Vote of this House, for Supplying the Treasury is Concurr'd. And 
to Acquaint them that this House have no business before them. 

A Message from the Board by Andrew Belcher, Edward Bromfield, John Clark, 
Addington Davenport, Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas Oliver, and Edmund Quinsey 
Esqrs. That the Council could not Concurr with the Vote of this House for Supply 
of the Treasury, with that clause in it relating to Casco Fort; But that His Ex- 
cellency says, He is ready to remove the Stores from Casco Fort, to Brunswick, as 
soon as the Fort at Brunswick shall be fit to receive them, and will do it, if it lyes 
in his Power, when the Fort at Brunswick shall be ready: And they left the said 
Vote, whereon is entred, viz. In Council, August 1st. 1715. 
Read and Non-Concurr'd. 

The following Vote entred on the Vote for Supply of the Treasury, and sent 
up. viz. 



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Voted, That it is the undoubted Right of this House to Appropriate their 
Grants. 

And that the House are necessitated to adhere to this their Resolve, without 
abating the clause relating to Casco Fort, having Voted the Repairing of the Fort 
at Brunswick; which Vote is Concurr'd by the Honourable Board, and consented 
to by His Excellency. 

A Petition of William Clap, and Fourteen other; Inhabitants of Cape Cod, 
Assigning reasons why they would not be annexV .0 the Town of Truro; and why 
they are without a Minister: and praying, That they may be made a Township, 
and assisted out of the Publick Treasury in Building a Me -ting-House, and Main- 
taining a Minister. Proposing that the Treasury may be reimburs'd by a Duty 
laid on the Fishery there. Sent down from th Board. Recommended. 

Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referr'd to the next 
Session. 

Sent up for Concurrence by Capt. Chambers, and Mr. Moodey, with a Message 
that the House have no business before them, and desire to Rise. 

A Message from the Board by Edmund Quins ey Esqr; That His Excellency 
Directs the Speaker and the whole House to attend him forthwith in the Council 
Chamber. 

i Mr. Speaker, and the House went up accordingly; and His Excellency Pro- 
rogu'd the Court to Wednesday the 24th. Day of August Currant, at Ten a Clock 
in the forenoon. 

BOSTON: Printed by 315. ®Vttn. 1715. [ 51 ] 



Anno Regni Regis GEORGII nunc Magna? Britannias, &t, Secundo. 

JOURNAL 

Of the House of 

Representatives, 



At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in jftfto^n giant), begun & held at H5O0tOlT, upon 
Wednesday the 25th Day of St^ap, &rmO 2>0ttUm t 1715. And continued by 
Prorogation to Wednesday the 24th Day of 0UgttSt next after, and then Met. 



A 



Number sufficient to constitute a House not appearing, the Members 
present agreed to meet again at Three a Clock in the afternoon. 



Mr. Speaker sent up a Message to the Board by Col. Thaxter, and Capt. Caw- 
ley. That a Quorum of the House are now met, and ready to proceed upon the 
Business of the Session. 

A Message from His Excellency by Edmund Ouincey Esq; That Mr. Speaker 
and the House forthwith attend him in the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House accordingly went up to the Council Chamber, and 
His Excellency made a Speech to the Court, whereof Mr. Speaker obtain'd a 
Copy, and with the House return'd to their own Chamber. 

His Excellency's Speech Read, and is as follows, viz. 

GENTLEMEN, Boston, August 24th. 1715. 

I Should not have given You the Trouble of a Session at this time, but that I thought 
it necessary to give you the Opportunity to Provide for the Support of the Govern- 
ment in the hands of the Civil Officers, The Judges, the Treasurer and Others whd 
ought to be provided for, and have at no time been neglected, by the Assembly besides 
which it is necessary, to have some-thing in the Treasury for the Defreying of other 
Emergencies, that may require the same, This will not Demand more than a Day or 
Two to Resolve, and I am not willing, to enter into any other Affairs that may Detain 
you from your own business in the Country that is pressing at this time. 

J. DUDLEY. 



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A Motion being made, That the House will not proceed to make a Grant for 
Supply of the Treasury, without an Introduction thereto, to shew the reason of 
it's not being done afore, and to vindicate the House therein. 
Which meeting with some Opposition. 

The Question was put, Whether the House will proceed to make a Grant for supply 
of the Treasury, without such Introduction? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

Ordered, That Mr. William Paine, Capt. Noyes and Mr. Remington, be a Com- 
mittee to prepare a draught of such Introduction and lay it before the House. 

Which they did accordingly, and was Read and Accepted by the House, and 
pass'd together with a Resolve for a supply of the Treasury: As follows, viz. [ 52 ] 

This House having on the 29th Day of July in their last Sessions; Voted, 
That the Sum of Four Thousand Pounds of the Bills of Publick Credit of this 
Province be Emitted by the Treasurer, for the Support of the Government, and 
for Payment of Grants, Salaries and Allowances, Made or to be made by this 
Court, &c. which said Vote was then Non-concurr'd by the Honourable Council. 
For Reviving therefore of the said Grant, and that this House may again shew 
their readiness to supply the Treasury. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be & hereby is Directed & Impowred, to Issue 
forth and Emit the Sum of Four thousand Pounds, of the Bills of Publick Credit 
of this Province, that are or shall be received into the Treasury; for payment of 
the Publick Debts of the Province already contracted; for the Defence & Support 
of the Government, and the necessary Protection, and Preservation of the In- 
habitants of this Province; and for the Subsisting of Forts, or Garrisons, and 
Wages arising for their Service: (But the Fort at Casco Bay for no longer time, 
than the first ^Day of October next;) for Payment of Grants, Salaries, and Allow- 
ances, Made or to be made by this Court, according to such Draughts as from 
time to time shall be made upon him, by Warrant or Order of the Governour, by 
and with the Advice and Consent of the Council: and the said Bills shall pass out 
of the Treasury at the value therein expressed, equivalent to Money; and shall be 
taken, and accepted in all Publick Payments at the Advance, and after the Rate 
of Five Pounds per Cent. more. 

And as a Fund & Security for the same, There be, and hereby is Granted to His 
Most Excellent Majesty, to the ends and uses, as aforesaid, a Tax of Four thou- 
sand Pounds, to be levied on Polls and Estates both Real and Personal within 
this Province, according to such Rules, and in such Proportion, upon the several 
Towns and Districts within the same, as shall be agreed on, and ordered by the 
Great and General Court or Assembly of this Province, at their Session in May 
Anno 1722. And paid into the Treasury on or before the last Day of December 
next after. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 



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The Vote of this House pass'd the 28th of July last, relating to the taking a 
Survey of the Western Frontiers, not having been then pass'd on by the Board, 
was sent for from thence, and Read, and 

Ordered, That the said Vote be Revived, and Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^otoitf 25 &ie &u0Ugtii 1715* 

A Motion being made, That Provision be made in the Law to give certain 
and seasonable Notice to the several Members of this Court of the Proroga- 
tions thereof, that shall be made from time to time when this Court is not Sitting. 
Ordered, That Mr. Cooke be desired to prepare a Draught of a Bill for that end, 
and lay it before the House at their next Session. 

$ogt &9eri&iem. 

The Committee of this House appointed the last Session to Treat with a 
Printer for the Imprinting the Votes of this House, made Report that Mr. 
Bartho. Green Printer, had offered to do the same, and all the other Printing di- 
rected by the Government, for the space of Seven Years next coming; and to 
furnish each Member of this Court, with a Copy of the said Votes, free of charge, 
on each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, of the several Sessions, during that 
Term, upon his being Allowed Thirty Pounds per Annum for his Service. 

Ordered, That the said Proposal be Accepted. Sent up for Concurrence; with a 
Message to the Board, That this House have no business before them; and De- 
sire if there is any thing to come down, it may be sent as soon as may be. [ 53 ] 

Ordered, That the Eastern half of the Thousand Acres of Land reserved to the 
Province in the Grant of the Township of Rutland, be, and hereby is Granted to 
John Burrill Esq; Speaker of this House, and his Heirs and Assigns for ever; in 
consideration of his long & good Service to this Province. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Honourable Board, Requesting 
them to Meet in Council earlier, if it may be to give as speedy a Dispatch as pos- 
sible to the affairs of the Session. 

Nathanael Paine Esq; brought down the Resolve of this House for the supply 
of the Treasury, Concurr'd in Council with an Amendment added to the clause 
therein relating to Casco Fort, viz. Provided the New Fort at Pejepscot, be then in 
a readiness to receive the Fifteen Men appointed by the Government, and the 
necessary Stores. 

Read, ' And the Question being put, Whether the House agree to the 
said Amendment? It pass'd in the Negative. 

Ordered, That the said Resolve of this House be Insisted on. Sent up by Capt. 



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Noyes, Mr. William Paine, Col. Winthrop, Col. Thaxter, Mr. Epps, Capt. Cham- 
bers, and Mr. Cawley. 

The said Resolve, sent down from the Board, pass'd upon, as follows, viz. In 
Council, Aug. 25. 1715. Resolved, That the Board do adhere to their former 
Amendment to the Vote of the Representatives, for that the Board are of Opin- 
ion the Fort at Pejepscot will not be in a readiness to receive the Men and Stores 
necessary for its Defence by the time limitted. Read. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

1®meti$ 1 6 bit &ugu£tii 1 7 1 5, 

THe last Vote of the Board upon the Resolve of this House for supplying the 
Treasury, Read again, and 

Ordered, That Capt. Noyes, Capt. Fullam, Mr. Denison, Mr. William Paine, 
Mr. Remington, and Capt. Cawley, be a Committee, to Examine and Consider the 
Votes that have pass'd this Year between the Houses concerning the Forts at 
Casco Bay and Brunswick, and prepare the Draught of a Vote proper for the 
House to pass in answer to the said last Vote of the Board. 

A Petition of Gershom Woodel of Tiverton, presented to the House & Read, 
shewing, That he is a weakly person, unable to sustain hard labour to procure a 
Livelihood, and is therefore desirous to obtain a Licence to keep a Tavern, which 
the Select-men of the said Town refuse to give their Approbation of, without 
rendring any reason for their Refusal. Praying, That the Justices of the Quarter 
Sessions may be enabled to License him, Notwithstanding he has not the Appro- 
bation of the Select-men, there being no Taverner in the said Town. Some Testi- 
monials of his Qualifications for such Licence were also Exhibited and Read. 

It being Represented, That there is no Inn-holder in the Town of Tiverton, and 
that there is frequent Occasion for an Inn there, for the Entertainment of Trav- 
ellers, yc. 

Ordered, That the Petitioner Serve the Select-men of Tiverton, with a Copy of 
this Petition, that they may shew reason to the Justices of the General Sessions 
of the Peace in the County of Bristol, at their next Session, if any they have, why 
the prayer thereof should not be Granted. And if they do not lay before them 
sufficient reason why it should not be granted: That then the said Justices be and 
hereby are Impowred to Grant a Licence as prayed for, without the Approbation 
of the said Select-men, If it appears to them that the Petitioner is a meet Person 
to be Licensed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Vote last entred sent down again, Pass'd upon in Council, viz. Read and 
Concurr'd with the addition of any Law, Usage or Custom to the contrary not- 
withstanding. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 
And sent up. [ 54 ] 



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A Plat of the Original Grant of the Township of Swampfield, and a Tract of 
Land adjoyned thereto Platted out therewith, which the Proprietors Desire may- 
be added to the said Township; The Surveyor Thomas Hastings, and the Chain- 
men being under Oath; presented to the House for Allowance and Approbation. 
And the Question being put, Whether the said Tract of Land prayed for, being more 
than Eighteen Thousand Acres, be added to the said Township? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

Ordered, That the Plat of the Original Grant of the said Town, being Nine 
Miles long and Four Miles Wide, be Allowed and Confirmed to the lawful Pro- 
prietors; Provided it interfere with no former Grants. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by John Clark and Thomas Fitch Esqs; That they 
have no business before them, and if there is any to come from this House, they 
desire to have it quickly, for His Excellency is desirous soon to dismiss the Court. 

The Committee appointed, brought in a Draught of a Vote, in answer to the 
last Vote of the Board on the Resolve for supply of the Treasury, which was Read 
and Pass'd by the House, viz. 

This House having for sundry Years past represented, the Fort or Trading 
House at Casco Bay to be of no Service to His Majesty, either as a Barrier to our 
Frontiers, or Security to our Fishery, and particularly on the Seventh & Tenth 
Dayes of their Sessions in June last, in Concurrence with the Honourable Board, 
did offer to His Excellency as their Opinion, That it was for His Majesties Serv- 
ice, that the said Fort of Casco Bay, be slighted, and no longer continued, and that 
a Stone Fort near Pejepscot Falls, be repaired in stead thereof, as more convenient 
to cover the new intended Settlements of Brunswick, Topsham, &c. and to keep 
the Indians from their Fishery in case of another Rupture; and did further Vote, 
That no more money be drawn out of the Publick Treasury, for the Subsisting 
and paying any Officers or Souldiers, at the Fort of Casco after the First Day of 
September next; and Ordered a Copy of the Vote to be sent to Mr. Treasurer, for 
his future Direction, to which the Council did concur; and having on the Twenty 
eighth Day of July, Ordered the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds to be Issued out 
of the Treasury for repairing the said Fort at Pejepscot Falls (which Fort was 
built by Sir Edmund Andross as the best bridle to the Eastern Indians) And did 
Grant the Number of Fifteen Men as a Garrison for the said Fort, who are now 
the greatest part on the Place, to secure the Work-men in repairing and finishing 
the same, to receive the Stores from Casco, where they may be in greater Danger 
by the ruinous State of the Fort, than they will be at Pejepscot by the First of 
October; And the House thereon Resolved, That no more Money should be raised, 
for the Subsistence of the said Fort at Casco after the First Day of October next, 
and Asserted it, as their undoubted Right to Appropriate their Grants; which 
Resolve has been revived this Session; and as it is no Infringement on His Maj- 



Journal of the House of Representatives 73 

esty's Honour or Service, but agreeable to the Charter, and a great Ease to His 
Majesty's Subjects. Therefore Resolved, That the House do adhere to their former 
Vote; and they think themselves bound in Duty to His Majesty and the People 
they Represent, so to do. Sent up. 

Ordered, That the several Petitions referr'd to this Session, be continued, and 
referr'd to the next Fall Session. 

Ordered, That Col. Winthrop, and Mr. William Paine, be desired to Consult 
with the Treasurer what are the several Articles of the ordinary Charge of the 
Province annually, and make Report to this House at their next Session. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. Newman, and Mr. Partridge, That 
there is no business lying before the House, and if there be any to come from the 
Council they desire to receive it. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 55 ] 

«§>a&6ati 27 fete &u0U£tii 17 15. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. William Paine, Col. Thaxter, and 
Capt. Cawley, To inquire whether the Council had Concurr'd to the Votes 
of this House Granting 500 Acres of Land to Mr. Speaker Burrill; and for the an- 
nual Printing proposed to be done for the Government. And to desire if there is 
any business to come from the Board, that it may be sent as soon as conveniently 
may be, the House having none before them. Who Return'd, That the 

Council said, the said Votes were now under their Consideration. 

The Resolve of this House for supply of the Treasury, sent down from the 
Board with the following Vote, viz. In Council Aug. 27th. 171 5. The Resolve of 
the House of Representatives of the 24th Currant being read, Concurr'd with, 
only extending the Limitation relating to Casco Fort, to the First of November 
next ensuing; And Ordered, That the Undertakers to build the Fort at Pejepscot, 
be directed with utmost Speed and Diligence to Proceed in that affair, and ac- 
complish the same by the time, so that it may be capable, to receive and entertain 
the Men and Stores proposed; and that if it be not possible to build and finish the 
said Fort according to the Order of this Court by the time, then what is wanting 
to be made up by Stockadoes, to Secure and make it defensible, until the Season 
will Allow the Stone-work to be finished. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 
Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board, Desiring that the Stores may 
be remov'd from Casco to Pejepscot Fort, as soon as the latter shall be ready to 
receive them, which is hop'd will be sooner than the First of November: Which 



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was carried up by Capt. Noyes, Mr. William Paine, and Mr. Epps, who return'd, 
That His Excellency said, He would do all that he had said concerning it. 

A Motion being made that the House will now have the Consideration of mak- 
ing an Allowance to Mr. Agent Dummer, for his Service. After some Debate. 
The Question being put, It pass'd in the Negative. 

Ordered, That the Consideration of that Affair be Referred to the next 
Session. 

A Message to His Excellency the Governour by Col. Winthrop and Capt. 
Noyes, That the House desire to be Inform'd, Whether his Excellency has Con- 
sented to the Resolve for supplying the Treasury, with the Amendments made to 
it; being willing to Proceed to Grant the usual Allowances, if the Treasury is en- 
abled to pay them. Who return'd answer, That His Excellency said, He should 
under-write it, before he went out of the Court. 

A Message from the Board by John Clark and Thomas Fitch Esqrs; That the 
House would make Allowance for Mr. Secretary Addington 's Service, the time he 
liv'd after his last Allowance was made. 

And to Mr. Joseph Hitter for the time he has Serv'd as Clerk of the Council. 

A Message to the Board by Capt. Fullam, and Mr. Knolton, That the House is 
ready to Grant the usual Allowances, as soon as they are Certified that His Ex- 
cellency has Sign'd the Resolve for Supplying the Treasury. 

Who Return'd answer, That His Excellency said, He should not Sign it this 
Day, It not being customary for him to Sign the Votes of the Court before they 
were entred Fair in a Book: But that He would Sign it before any Aloney was 
drawn out of the Treasury. 

A Message to the Board by Mr. William Paine, Capt. Noyes, and Col. Thaxter, 
That the House think it necessary, That all Acts and Votes of the Court should 
be Sign'd, and Perfected before the Session is ended. And that the Return of a 
Message from His Excellency this Day Inform'd the House, That His Excellency 
was pleas'd to say, He would under-write the Vote for supply of the Treasury be- 
fore he went out of the Court. 

Who Return'd, That His Excellency said, It had hitherto been his Custom to 
Sign the Votes of the Court after they are entred Fair in a Book, and not in the 
Original Draught: And that he is not willing to alter it now. [ 56 ] 

Mr. Hitter brought down the Vote for Supplying the Treasury, Subscrib'd by 
His Excellency: viz. I Consent to this Grant. J. DUDLEY. 

Ordered, That the Votes of this House in the present Session be Imprinted upon 
the foot of the Agreement with Mr. Green the Printer: And that the Representa- 
tives of Boston be desired to take the Care of having them Printed. 



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Resolved, That the Sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds, be Allowed and 
Paid out of the Publick Treasury to His Excellency JOSEPH DUDLEY Esqr; 
Captain General, and Governour in Chief of this His Majesty's Province, for his 
Support in Managing the Affairs of the Government. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds, be Allowed and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury, to the Honourable William Taller Esqr; in Consideration of his 
readiness at all times to Serve this Province. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds, be Allowed and Paid outjof 
the Publick Treasury, to the Honourable the Judges of the Superiour Court of 
Judicature, in Proportion to the Courts they attended the Year past. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Forty, Pounds, be added to the Allowance of the 
Reverend Mr. John Leverett, President of Harvard College, for the Year Currant 
beginning in January last, and Paid out of the Publick Treasury, in Considera- 
tion of the extraordinary Scarcity and Dearness of Provisions, and other Neces- 
saries of House-Keeping. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Two Hundred and Twenty-five Pounds, be Allowed 
and Paid out of the Publick Treasury, to Mr. Jeremiah Allen, Treasurer of this 
Province, for his Service the Year past, his Trouble being extraordinary in 
Changing the Bills of Credit, and taking care for the supply of the Garrisons. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds, be Allowed and Paid out of the 
Publick Treasury to Mr. John White Clerk of this House, in Part for his Service 
the Year Currant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds, be Allowed and Paid out of the 
Publick Treasury to Mr. Joseph Hitter, for his Service as Clerk of the Honourable 
Council, for half a Year, beginning the 13 th Day of March last. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Forty Pounds, be Allowed and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Mr. John Flagg, Door-keeper to His Excellency the Governour 
and Council, and this Court, for his Service the Year past, ending the 26th Day 
of June last. . Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by-Eliakim Hutchinson, Andrew Belcher, and Ad- 
dington Davenport Esqrs; Moving the House to Grant an Allowance to Mr. 
Agent Dummer at this time, It being more than a Year since any Allowance has 
been Granted to him. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Capt. Chambers, and Capt. Fullam, That 
the House have already Voted to Refer the Consideration of Making an Allow- 
ance to Mr. Agent Dummer, to the next Session. And desire if the business of the 
Session be finished that the Court may Rise. 



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Who Return'd, That His Excellency desired the House now to Consider Mr. 
Dummer's Service, as they use to do. 

A Message from His Excellency the Governour by Edmund Quincey Esq; That 
Mr. Speaker and the House do now Attend Him in the Council Chamber. 

Which they did accordingly, and His Excellency Prorogu'd the Court, to 
Wednesday the 2%th Day of September next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon. 

BOSTON: Printed & Sold by 315. <&Vtttl. 1715. 






Anno Regni Regis GEORGII nunc Magnse Britannise, &C. Secundo. 

JOURNAL 

Of the House of 

Representatives. 



At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in $Z)J)'Mll%\m\}, begun & held at IBofitOtt, upon 
Wednesday the 30th Day of $33^ 3mi0 SDOttUIti, 1716. 

SAmuel Sezvall, Penn Townsend, & John Higginson Esqrs; came down from the 
Council Board and Acquainted the House, That they were Appointed and 
Authorized by His Honour the Lieutenant Governour, That this House 
should Take the Oaths, Make and Subscribe the Declaration, Take and Subscribe 
the Oath of Abjuration, (as by the Royal Charter of this Province is Directed,) 
before them, which being done by all the Members present, they withdrew. 

The Names of the Persons Returned to Serve for, and Represent the several 
Towns, are as follows, Viz. 



C Oliver Noyes Esq ; 

„ J William Payne Esq ; 

Boston, 4 £lisha Cooke £sq . 

(_ Anthony Stoddard Esq; 
Roxbury, Mr. William Denison 
Dorchester, Mr. Hopestil Clap 
Hmgham, Samuel Thaxter Esq ; 
Brantrey, Capt. John Mills 
Dedham, Mr. John Fuller 
Medfield, Mr. John Fisher 
Weymouth, Capt. John Hunt 
Milton, Mr. Ephraim Tucker 
Wrentham, Mr. Ebenezer Fisher 
Men Jon, Josiah Chapin Esq ; 
Brookline, — — — — — — — - — 

Woodstock, 

Needham, 



. j Mr. John Pickering 
Salem, j Mf j ohn Gar<Jner 

. . . { Mr. Daniel Rogers 
Ipswtch, -j Mr John Denison 

Lynn, John Burril Esq ; Speaker. 
, T , ( Lt. C. Henry Somersby 

Newbury, \ Mt wilIiam Moodey ' 

Marblehead, Mr. Richard Trivet 
Ando-ver, Mr. John Osgood 
Beverly, Mr. Samuel Balch 
Roivley, Mr. Ezekiel Northen 
Salisbury, Capt. Henry True 
Ha-verhill, John White Esq ; 
Glocester, John Newman Esq ; 
Topsfield, Mr. Daniel Clark 
Boxford, Mr. Joseph Hale 



Wenham, Mr. William Fisk 
Amesbury, Mr. John Foot 
Bradford, Mr. Thomas Carleton 
Charles- I Charles Chambers Esq ; 

stoivn, \ Jonathan Dowse Esq ; 
Cambridge, Col. Edmund Goffe 
Watertown, Mr. Thomas Strait 
Concord, Mr. William Wilson 
Woburn, Mr. John Pierce 
Reading, Mr. Joshua Eaton 
Sudbury, Mr. Edmund Rice 
Marlborough, Mr. Thomas Rice 
Newton, Mr. John Ward 
Maiden, Mr. Phineas Upham 
Chelmsford, Mr. Stephen Pierce 
Billerica, Mr. George Brown 
Sherburn, Mr. Benjamin Whitney 
Groton, Mr. John Shepley 
Lancaster, Mr. John Houghton 
Framingham, Col. Jos. Buckminster 

Medford, 

Lexington, Capt. William Reed 
Weston, Mr. Josiah Jones 
Stoiv, Mr. John Buttrick 
Springfield, Luke Hitchcock Esq ; 
Northampton, Maj. John Stoddard 
Hadley, Mr. John Nash 
Hatfield, Mr. John Partridge 
Southfield, Mr. Atherton Mather 
Westfield, Mr. John Ashley 
Enfield, - 



Deerfield, Capt. Jonathan Wells 
Plymouth, Nath. Thomas Esq ; 



Scituate, Mr. Thomas Turner 
Bridge-water, Capt. John Field 
Marshfield, Capt. Isaac Little 
Duxbury, Mr. John Partridge 
Rochester, Samuel Prince Esq ; 
Pembrook, Capt. Joshua Cushing 
Middleborough, Capt. Ja. Tompson 
Barnstable, Daniel Parker, Esq ; 
Eastham, Mr. Samuel Knowles 
Sandwich, Col. William Basset 
Yarmouth, Peter Thacher Esq ; 
Harwich, Mr. Thomas Clark 

Truro, • ■ 

Bristol, Capt. Samuel Gallop 
Taunton, Henry Hodges Esq ; 
Dartmouth, Capt. John Akin 
Rehoboth, Capt. Moses Reed 
Little-Comp. Capt. W. Southworth 
Swanzey, John Rogers Esq ; 
Tiverton, Mr. Gershom Wodell 
Attleborough, Mr. Dav. Freeman 
Dighton, Mr. Benjamin Jones 
Norton, George Leonard Esq ; 
Freetown, Mr. Robert Durfey 
Tori, Mr. Samuel Cane 
Kittery, Mr. Joseph Hammond 
Wells, Mr. William Sawyer 
Berwick, Capt. Samuel Plaisted 
Edgartown 
and 
Chilmarh, 
Nantucket, James Coffin Esq ; 



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The House proceeded to Write their Votes for a Speaker, which being Col- 
lected and Examined, it appear'd that John Burril Esq; was chosen by a major 
part of the House, He was accordingly Conducted to the Chair. [ 2 ] 

The House proceeded to the Election of a Clerk by written Votes, which being 
Collected and Examined, it was found that Mr. John White was chosen by a ma- 
jor part of the House, who was accordingly sent for to the House. 

$ogt Q^eritiiem. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Capt. Noyes, and Col. Somersby to report 
to His Honour the Lieutenant Governour, the Choice the House had made of a 
Speaker. 

A Message from His Honour the Lieutenant Governour by Addington Daven- 
port and Samuel Brown Esqrs; That the Choice the House have made of a 
Speaker, is very acceptable to him. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. Rogers, and Mr. Trivet, That the House 
are now ready to proceed to the Choice of Councellors. 

Who return'd that the Board is ready to joyn with the House in the Election. 

Ordered, That Capt. Noyes, Mr. Cooke, Col. Thaxter, Mr. Rogers, and Mr. 
William Denison, be a Committee to carry up the Votes of this House for Coun- 
cellors, and assist in Sorting and Numbring them, together with the Votes of the 
Board, and to Report to the House the several Elections that shall be made. 

The said Committee carried up the Votes of the House for Councellors in the 
late Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay, and Return'd that Eighteen were chosen 
by a major part of the Voters. 

Then for the late Colony of New-Plymouth, & Return'd that Four were chosen 
as aforesaid. 

Then for the late Province of Maine, and Return'd that Three were chosen as 
aforesaid. 

Then for the Territory between Sagadehoc & Nova Scotia, and Return'd that 
One was chosen, as aforesaid. 

And lastly, for Persons dwelling in any Part of the Province, and Return'd that 
Two were chosen, as aforesaid. 

And Reported the Names of the Persons chosen to be as follows, viz. 

Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors ol Lands in the Territory formerly called the 
Massach usetts-Bay. 

The Hon. William Tailer Esq ; Wait Winthrop Esq ; Elisha Hutchinson Esq ; 

Samuel Scivall Esq ; Penn Toivnsend Esq ; J°hn Appleton Esq : 

John Higginson Esq ; Andrew Belcher Esq ; Edward Bromfield Esq ; 

Thomas Noyes Esq ; Nathanaet Norden Esq ; Benjamin Lynde Esq ; 

Addington Da-venport Esq ; J°l"> Clark Esq ; Thomas Hutchinson Esq : 

Samuel Brown Esq ; John Pynchon Esq ; Thomas Fitch Esq ; 



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Of the Inhabitants, or Proprietors of Lands within the Territory formerly 
called New-Plymouth viz. 

Nathanael Byfield Esq ; Isaac fVinslotv Esq ; John Cuibing Esq ; ' John Otis Esq ; 

Of the Inhabitants, or Proprietors of Land within the Territory formerly called 
the Province of Maine, viz. 

Eliakim Hutchinson Esq ; John Wheelwright Esq ; Adam Winthrop Esq ; 

Of the Inhabitants, or Proprietors of Lands lying within the Territory between 
Sagadehoc, and Nova Scotia, viz. 

Joseph Lynde Esq ; 

Of the Inhabitants, or Proprietors of Lands in any Part of the Province. 

Nathanael Paine Esq ; Edmund Quincey Esq ; 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Ten a Clock. 

^otoig 31 tiic ft^aii 171 6, 

ORdered, That Oliver Noyes, Elisha Cooke, Samuel Thaxter, William Denison 
Esqrs; and Mr. Daniel Rogers, Wait on His Honour the' Lieutenant Gov- 
ernour, with the above Written List of the Councellors or Assistants, newly 
chosen for the Year ensuing, for His Honours Approbation of the Persons therein 
Named, to be given in Writing under his Hand. 

The House proceeded to Examine the Returns of the Precepts, made from the 
several Towns of the choice of their Representatives. 
Which being severally done, 
The usual Orders of the House were Read: And [ 3 ] 

Ordered, To be the Orders of the House during the Sessions thereof, with some 
little Amendment. 

$o£t sr^eritiiem. 

The List of Councellors newly chosen Returned from the Board by Nathanael 
Byfield, Andrew Belcher & Addington Davenport Esqrs, there being entered thereon 
as follows, viz. 

The within Elections were duly made by the Council and the Representatives. 

Samuel Woodward, Seer. 
And by the Lieutenant Governour, viz. 

I Consent to, and Approve of the within Election of Councellors. Given under 
my Hand, May 31. 1 716. At Boston. Wm. TAILER. 

Ordered, That Col. Thaxter, Capt. Noyes, and Mr. Parker, be a Committee to 
consider the subject matter, and Examine the Allegations of the Petitions, that 
shall be presented to the House, and report their Opinion thereon, as they shall 
be committed to them. 



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A Message from His Honour the Lieut. Governour, by Mr. Secretary Wood- 
ward, That this House do attend him in the Council Chamber immediately. 

Accordingly Mr. Speaker with the House went up; And His Honour the Lieut. 
Governour made a Speech to the Court, whereof Mr. Speaker obtained a Copy, 
and with the House Returned to their own Chamber. His Honours Speech was 
Read, and is as follows, viz. 
Gentlemen, 

AT our last parting I had little Expectation of now speaking to you from the 
Chair, believing' His Excellency Col. BURGES our Governour would before 
this time have happily Arrived among us, and I am well assured he may be daily ex- 
pected, and that he comes with full Resolutions to do his utmost for the Interest of this 
Province, which he has signified to the Council in divers of his Letters, and has like- 
wise expressed his grateful sense of the Honourable Provision you have made of so 
suitable a House for his Reception, in which you have not only obliged him but done 
much Honour to your selves. 

Therefore my time in this Station will in all Probability prove short, yet to the last 
Moment of it I shall re Joyce to meet with any Opportunity of shewing my Zeal and 
Affection to the Crown, and the true Interest of my Native Country ; and doubt not but 
you all come with hearty and sincere Dispositions to promote both in your respective 
Stations. The good Agreement with the last General Court, gives me great hopes to 
meet the same in this. And I should esteem it the happiest Circumstance of my Life to 
have the Honour of delivering up the Government in a perfect Unity between both 
Houses, which would contribute to your own Reputation and the Disappointment of 
those few, who have with great Industry endeavoured to prevent it. 
Gentlemen, 

His Excellency Bragadier Hunter favoured me with the Commissioners of Albany's 
Report to him, as if the Indians had some Designs of making an Attempt on our 
Frontiers in the Spring, which I immediately communicated to His Majesty's Coun- 
cil, who were of Advice that it was proper to reinforce Fort George, as likewise the 
New Settlement of Arowsick, with Ten Men each, which accordingly I have done. 
And on Monday last by an Express from the Honourable Lieut. Governour Vaughan, 
/ have received Intelligence that gives further Grounds for Suspicion, and nothing but 
the General Election prevents me from doing my Duty to my Country in Visiting the 
Frontiers, and putting ' 'em into a suitable posture of Defence, but I have dispatched 
Expresses to the Commanding Officers, to give timely Advice to their several Towns in 
order to prevent a Surprize ; what other Methods I have taken in this Affair I shall lay 
before you ; And I think it a proper Season to offer it as my Opinion, that nothing can 
be of more Service both for the Crown and this Country, than for both Houses to be 
Unanimous in Supporting and Encouraging the New Settlements. 
Gentlemen of the House of Representatives, 

/ shall Order Mr. Treasurer to lay before you the state of the Treasury, in which I 



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believe you will find no unnecessary Article of Charge, and therefore have no reason to 
doubt but you will make all suitable Provision for Support of the Government in the 
ensuing Year. And as it has pleased Almighty GOD of His Infinite Wisdom and 
Goodness, to frustrate the Counsels of Evil and Rebellious Traitors in their late Un- 
natural Rebellion against the best of Kings, which had a Tendency to Extirpate the 
whole Royal Family ; so now Gentlemen, We have an Opportunity to Congratulate 
His most Sacred Majesty on this His great Deliverance, by way of an Address ; and to 
Assure His Majesty of our Constant and Steady Loyalty and Affection to His Person 
and Government, and that we will with our Lives and Fortunes as we have Opportu- 
nity, Defend His Rightful Title to the Crown of Great Britain, and the Dominions and 
Provinces depending thereon, as also to the Protestant Succession as by Law Estab- 
lished against all Pretenders whatsoever. 
Gentlemen, 
This is usually the Session for Business, which I shall give all the Encouragement 
I can to forward, but if upon the Expectation of His Excellency' 's sudden Arrival you 
incline to make it short, I shall [ 4 ] readily consent to it. If any proper Methods can 
be found out for the promoting the produce of this Country, and so consequently the 
Trade thereof, I shall chearfully concur with you therein. I have nothing more to add, 
but to express my sincere Wishes that the Crown may long Flourish on the Head of our 
Soveraign Lord King GEORGE, with all its Ancient Prerogatives, and that it may 
from Him descend to His Illustrious Family to lasting Posterity. 

Isaac Winslow Esq; brought down from the Board several Letters that had 
been Express'd to His Honour the Lieut. Governour from the Eastward, Importing 
Apprehensions of a Rupture with the Indians there, which were read and sent up. 

Ordered, That Mr. Payne, Col. Basset, Mr. Anthony Stoddard, Capt. Chambers, 
Mr. Rogers, Mr. Thomas, Capt. Gallop, Mr. Hammond, and Major Stoddard be a 
Committee to Examine and Audit the Treasurers Accounts, and make report to 
the House. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

t^enerig i, fcie^unii, 171 6, 

His Honour the Lieutenant Governours Speech Read again. 
Ordered, That William Denison, Elisha Cooke, Oliver Noyes, William 
Basset, and Edmund Goffe, Esqrs ; with such as the Honourable Board shall ap- 
point, be a Committee to prepare and lay before the Court, the Draught of a 
Humble Address to His Majesty, in the Name of this Court. The Address when 
finisht, to be Transmitted to His Excellency Col. Elizeus Burges our Governour, 
and in case of His Absence to the Right Hon. Mr. Secretary Stanhope. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



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The following Vote sent down from, the Board, viz. In Council, May 31^. 1716. 
Upon Reading the Expresses from the Eastward, giving just Grounds to suspect 
the Indians intend mischief to our Frontiers, which we conclude is fomented by 
false Reports of a War likely to break out between Great Britain and France. It 
being much for His Majesty's Service, and the Security and Peace of this Prov- 
ince, that some Method be immediately taken for undeceiving the Indians in that 
matter. 

Advised, That some Discreet Person, with an Interpreter, be forthwith Dis- 
patched to their Head Quarters to let them know, that we justly take Umbrage 
at the suspicious Words and Deportment they have lately been guilty of, con- 
trary to the Peace Established, That we are desirous to remain in Peace, but if 
they against their Faith & Allegiance, Commit any Hostilities, they must expect 
to be treated as Rebels and Enemies to the Crown of Great Britain. Yet if they 
act upon supposal of a War with France, we do assure them there is no War to be 
Expected, but a perfect Amity between the Two Crowns. That the Pretender has 
been driven out of Great Britain, his Forces wholly Defeated, and he with his Ad- 
herents, ordered by the Regent, to Depart the Dominions of France. 
Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and Concurr'd, and further Advised, That some British News-Papers be 
sent, to be Read and Interpreted to the Indians, to satisfy them of Peace between 
the Two Crowns. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Capt. Noyes, Col. Goffe, and Col. Somersby, 
desiring that this House may be informed, whether the Votes of this Court for 
Demolishing of Casco Fort, and the removing of the Stores from thence, have 
been Attended and Complyed with. 

Mr. Secretary Woodward brought down the Council Book, and shewed, That 
in Answer to the Memorial of Capt. Samuel Moodey, laid before His Honour the 
Lieut. Governour in Council, the further proceeding in that Affair had been 
suspended till the meeting of this Court, and then withdrew. 

This House being informed, That the Votes of this Court to Demolish Casco 
Fort and Remove the Stores from thence are not yet fully Complyed with: which 
this House Apprehend may be of dangerous Consequence, by exposing His Maj- 
esties Stores, and the few People that still remain there, contrary to the Acts of 
this Courts, to the Insults of the Indians. 

Resolved, That His Honour the Lieutenant Governour be desired, to direct a 
full Performance of the Votes of this Court in that Affair, and order the removing 
of the Stores to Boston, and the intire Demolition of the Fort, and Houses therein 
without delay. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 
By several Messages that Pass'd between the Houses, it was Agreed, That the 
Person, to be sent to the Head-Quarters of the Eastern Indians, pursuant to 
the Vote of this Day be Mr. John Watts, and Capt. John Gyles. [ 5 ] 



Journal of the House of Representatives 83 
3 $o£t St^eritiiem. 

Ordered, That Mr. Cooke, Col. Thaxter, Col. Goffe, Capt. Chambers, Capt. 
Gardner, Col. Somersby, Mr. Thomas, Col. Basset, Major Stoddard, Capt. South- 
worth, and Mr. Hammond be a Committee to consider and propose to the House, 
such Method as they think most effectual to obtain a true and just Valuation of 
the Rateable Estate of this Province, in order to a more just and equal Levying 
of Taxes upon the several Towns. 

A Petition of Mary Woodcock Widow, Relict of William Woodcock, late of Attle- 
borough, Deceas'd, Presented to the House and Read, Praying that she may be 
enabled to Sell some Lands, that were her said late Husbands, for her Support 
and Maintenance in her old Age. 

And after Debate, The Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be 
Granted? 

It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of Combs Humphry of Marblehead, presented to the House and Read, 
Praying that he may be allowed Wages for Two Years & Nine Months, that he 
was in Captivity at Canada, having been taken in the Service in the late War, 
and that he may be reimbursed Three Pounds he expended in his Sickness there, 
and Five Pounds he paid for his Ransom. Committed. 

A Petition of Jacob Davis, John Riggs, William Hascell, & others, living on the 
Westerly side of Annas quam-River, and Little-River in Glocester, Presented to the 
House and Read, Praying that they may be set off, and Erected into a distinct 
and separate Precinct, for the Support & Maintenance of the Gospel Ministry, 
according to the Bounds therein described. 

A Petition of Peter Coffin, and Fifteen others, Inhabitants of the Town of 
Glocester, dwelling on the Westerly side of Annas quam-River, Presented to the 
House and Read, Praying, That a Precinct may not be Constituted as is prayed 
in the aforementioned Petition, for Reasons therein alledged. 

The following Vote pass'd & entred on the Petition of Jacob Davis, John Riggs, 
Sec. viz. » 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve Peter Coffin, and others, whose Names are 
Subscribed to a Petition accompanying this, Desiring that the Prayer thereof 
may not be Granted, with a Copy-of this Petition; and notify them that they may 
be heard before this Court on Tuesday the Twelfth Instant, if they continue to 
object against the same. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Report of John Gushing, Edmund Quincey, George Leonard, Henry Hodges, & 
Jacob Tompson, a Committee appointed by this Court to divide the Town of 
Bridewater, into Two Precincts, sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, 
viz. In Council June i. 1716. Read and Accepted. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read. 



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A Petition of John Bridgham & Twenty Nine others, presented to the House & 
Read, Praying that a Tract of Land containing the Quantity of Seven Miles 
square, lying between, and contiguous to the Towns of Sutton, Marlborough, 
Worcester, Lancaster & Assanamisco, may be Granted to them (excepting the 
Grants already made within the said Bounds) and be Constituted a Township. 

A Message from the Board, That the House now come up to the Council Cham- 
ber, to attend a Hearing appointed to be this Day on the Petition of Isaac Wonno, 
and Joshua Shantum Indians, Agents for Ketteticut, between them and the Town 
of Bridgewater. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and both Parties being fully 
heard, were dismist, and Mr. Speaker with the House return'd to their own 
Chamber. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

J>abbati 1 Die S'untt, 17 16. 

A Draught of Orders and Instructions to Messieurs Watts and Gyles, and to 
the Master of a Sloop to attend them Eastward, sent down from the Board. 
Read. 
The Petition of Combs Humphry, praying as entred yesterday, further consid- 
ered, and the report of the Committee thereon, Read and accepted by the House 
and accordingly 

Resolved, That the Sum of Six Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to Combs Humphry the Petitioner, in full of his Petition. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
A Petition of John Sterns, and Five others, the Committee for the great Bridge 
in Billerica, presented to the House and Read, Shewing That the said Bridge is so 
far gone to Decay, that there is a necessity of its being speedily rebuilt, praying 
the Court to give their Direction, in what manner it shall be rebuilt, and main- 
tained for time to come, there having been formerly an Act of this Court for the 
Building<of the said Bridge 

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Justices, in their Quarter 
Sessions in the County of Middlesex: And that a Bill be drawn accordingly. 
Sent up for Concurrence. [ 6 ] 
A Petition of Josiah C ha pin of Mendon, Esq; presented to the House and Read, 
praying as entred the Eighth of June last; what was then and since acted on that 
his Petition, not having pass'd through the Court. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, and that the Land be 
forthwith laid out in a proper regular Form, by an able Surveyor and Chain-Men 
under Oath, The Plat thereof to be laid before this Court for Approbation. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 85 

An Accompt of John Dyer Treasurer of the County of Plymouth, beginning the 
Third Tuesday of June, 1714. and continued to the First Tuesday of March, 1715. 
having been pass'd by the Court of Quarter Sessions in the said County. Pre- 
sented to the House for Allowance. Read, and Allow'd. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Draught of a Humble Address to His Majesty, prepared by the Committee 
of both Houses appointed for that end. Sent down from the Board pass'd on 
there, viz. June 2d. 1716. Read and Accepted. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 

A Memorial of Dr. Cotton Mather, presented to the House and Read. Proposing 
it to their Consideration that Allowance may be made to his Reverend Father 
Dr. Increase Mather, for his Service as Agent for this Province at Whitehall form- 
erly, as was done to others for the like Service, the last Year. 

An Accompt of Ebenezer Lewis, Treasury of the County of Barnstable, for the 
Year 1715. having been pass'd by the Court of Quarter Sessions in the said 
County. Presented to the House for Allowance. Read and Allowed. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Draught of a Letter from this Court to his Excellency Col. Elizeus Burges, 
desiring him to receive and prefer the Humble Address of this Court, to His 
Majesty. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. June 2d. 1716. 
Read and Accepted. 

A Draught of a Letter from this Court to the Right Honourable James Stan- 
hope Esq; one of His Majesties Principal Secretaries of State, to be delivered in 
case of his Excellency Col. Burges his absence, requesting his favour to receive 
and prefer the said Humble Address to His Majesty. Sent down from the Board, 
pass'd on there, June 2d. 1 716. Read and Accepted. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Tuesday Morning Nine a Clock. 

a$arti£ s* Svoivij 1716, 

A Report Signed by John Clark, Addington Davenport, Thomas Fitch, Oliver 
Noyes, William Payne, Elisha Cooke, Charles Chambers, and William Deni- 
son, the Committee appointed by this Court, in the recess thereof to receive of 
the Treasurer, bundle up and Burn, torn and Defaced bills of Credit on this 
Province. Dated April 23. 1716. Shewing that they had then received and burnt 
to Ashes the Sum of /. 9180 8 s. 2 d. neat Bills. /. 3561 5 s. part thereof was re- 
ceived for Taxes, Impost and Excise, which, with the advance of Five per Cent. 
as they were received into the Treasury, added thereto, amounts to the Sum of /. 
3739 6 s. 3 d. also /. 3000. neat Bills Exchang'd in the Treasury, and /. 2619 3 s. 2 
d. neat Bills, received of the Trustees for the Letting out the /. 50000, Bills of 
Credit, making in the whole the Sum of /. 9358 9 s. 5 d. Read, and 



86 Journal of the House of Representatives 

Ordered, That the said Report be Accepted, and that the Treasurer be dis- 
charged of the Sum of /. 9358 9 s. 5 d. accordingly. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Bramhall, lately a Soldier at Castle-William, and there 

taken Sick, and by reason of his Sickness dismist from that Service, presented to 

the House and Read, Praying that he may be allowed and reimbursed the Sum of 

Twenty Pounds, which he has Expended on Physicians, Nurses, Attendance, &c. 

Committed. 

A Motion being made by one of the Representatives of the Town of Boston, 
pursuant to Direction from the said Town, that this Court would provide a suita- 
ble House or Hospital, in some proper place for the reception of Infectious Per- 
sons that may happen to be Imported, to prevent Infectious Sickness being 
spread in the Province. 

Ordered, That Mr. Parker, Capt. Noyes, and Mr. Turner, be a Committee to 
prepare and lay before the House a Bill for that end. 

A Petition of Joseph Hammond, in behalf of the upper or North Parish in the 
Town of Kittery, presented to the House and Read, Praying that the Votes of this 
Court, relating to the said Town may be so Explained, as that it may be clearly 
determin'd, whether the Inhabitants between Sturgeon-Creek, & Thomsons Brook, 
belong to the upper Parish, of the said Town of Kittery, or not. 

Charles Frost Esq; having intimating his desire, was admitted into the House, 
and spake [ 7 ] to the subject matter of the said Petition, and presented an An- 
swer thereto in Writing, which was Read and laid on the Table, and then he with- 
drew. 

Resolved, That the Inhabitants which dwell between Sturgeon-Creek and Thom- 
sons Brook that did belong to the Parish of Berwick, were by this Court taken off 
from Berwick Parish, when they were Constituted a separate Township. And that 
from thenceforth they did, and now do belong to the Town of Kittery, to all in- 
tents & purposes whatsoever. 

And inasmuch as there is an unhappy Difference arisen in the upper Parish of 
Kittery, about the place of setting their Meetting-House, which they find difficult 
to issue amicably. 

Ordered, That John Wheelwright Esq; Capt. Abraham Prebble, and Capt. Lewis 
Bane be a Committee to go upon the Spot, and view, and consider the Extent and 
Situation of the said upper Parish, and of the several Houses and Settlements 
there, and determine the place as they think most proper, (all things considered,) 
whereon to place the Meeting-House for the said Parish, and make report to this 
Court, the said upper Parish to bear the Charges of the said Committee. And 
that the said Committee be impowered to settle the Bounds between the Towns 
of Kittery and Berwick, according to the Order of this Court, Anno 1713. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Arms of Deerfield, presented to the House and Read, Pray- 



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ing That his forward Service in the late War against the Indian Enemy, and his 
Sufferings by them, having been Wounded, and carried Captive to Canada, and 
continued so Eight Months, may be considered, and such Allowance made to him 
as this Court shall think proper. Committed. 

Mr. Treasurer Allen at his Desire was admitted into the House, and presented 
his Accompts of the Treasury. The present state of the Treasury Read, & Ex- 
plained by him, and then he withdrew. 

The Account of the several Receipts and Payments in the Treasury in the Year 
past Read. 

A Journal of Capt. Thomas Bakers Travel, up & down Connecticut River, to 
observe the Motions, and gain Intelligence of the Posture and Designs of the In- 
dians that way. Sent down from the Board, Read, and sent up again. 

A Vessel being arrived from Great-Britain with Intelligence, that Col. Burges 
is not now design'd to come Governour of this Province, A Message was sent up 
to the Board by Capt. Noyes, and Capt. Chambers, moving that the Letter from 
this Court to Col. Burges, desiring him to prefer the Humble Address of this 
Court to His Majesty may be stop'd. 

Who returned Answer, That His Honour the Lieut. Governour had taken care 
to do it. 

A Petition of Edward Hutchinson Esq; and Seven others in behalf of the Settle- 
ment at Arowsick-Island, presented to the House and Read, Praying that an Ad- 
dition may be made to the Twenty-Six Men, already allowed them in the Pub- 
lick pay, or that at least they may be for some time continued to them, to incour- 
age the Inhabitants under Apprehensions from the suspicious Behaviour of the 
Indians; And that the said Settlement may be Constituted a Township by the 
name of George-Town. 

A Petition of William Pickering, and Six others, Select Men of the Town of 
Salem, presented to the House and Read, shewing, That an unhappy Difference 
is arisen in the said Town concerning their common or undivided Lands, having 
Two Commoners Meetings, and Two Sworn Clerks belonging to them. Praying 
that the said Two Clerks may be Summoned to appear before this Court, with all 
the Papers and Records in their keeping, referring to the said Commons, That 
this Court may have Cognizance of, and Determine the said Difference. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. Parker, and Capt. Noyes, Desiring that 
such Bills, as pass'd this House the last Sessions, and did not pass thro' the Court, 
may be sent down to the House. 

A Petition of Jonathan Fuller, &c. of Newton, sent down from the Board, And 



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upon Reading the Direction of it, it was observed to be to His Honour William 
Tailer Esq; Lieut. Governour and Commander in Chief, for the time being. 

Ordered, That it be sent up again, That the Petitioners may be Directed to Ex- 
punge that improper & unusual Clause, for the time being, before their Petition is 
further considered. 

Ordered, That Mr. Cooke, Mr. Parker, and Mr. Turner, be a Committee to con- 
sider what Laws are near Expiring, and ought to be continued, and to prepare a 
Bill or Bills for that end, and to prepare and lay before the House a Draught of 
such other Bills, as shall be thought necessary. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 8 ] 

a^ercurit, 6. Me ^utui, 171 6. 

THe Petition of John Arms, praying as entred yesterday, further considered, 
and the Report of the Committee thereon was Read, & Accepted by the 
House, & accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Six Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to John Arms the Petitioner, in answer to his Petition. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Joseph Bramhall, praying as entred yesterday, further consid- 
ered, And the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the 
House, and accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Ten Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to the Honourable Adam Winthrop Esq; to be improved for the Use and 
Relief of the Petitioner. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Martha Tuttle of Ipswich Widow, Relict of John Tuttle, late of the 
said Town, Deceased Intestate, presented to the House and Read, praying that 
she may be enabled to pass legal conveyance of a piece of Land, to the Common- 
ers or Proprietors of the said Town, which her late Husband had Exchang'd with 
them, for some common Lands, but had not made Instruments of such Exchange 
before his Death. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the said Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by John Appleton Esq; That the Humble Address 
of this Court to His Majesty is return'd to that Board, and His Honour the Lieu- 
tenant Governour desires to know the mind of the House, to whom it should be 
sent. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board by Capt. Noyes, and Mr. 
Payne, That this House desire the said Address may be sent to His Excellency 
Col. Shute, now appointed the Governour of this Province, in the same manner as 
it was designed to be to Col. Surges. 



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A Petition of Nathanael Goodhue, and Thomas Choat, in behalf of the Precinct 
of Chebacco, in Ipswich, presented to the House and Read, praying that the Set- 
tlement of the Bounds of the said Precinct as agreed between them and the said 
Town, may be allowed & confirmed by the Court, and that they may be vested 
with the Powers and Priviledges of a Precinct. 

A Copy of the Agreement of the said Bounds was also Exhibited and Read. 

A Message from the Board by Elisha Hutchinson, Andrew Belcher, and Adding- 
ton Davenport, Esqrs; giving reasons for altering the Method proposed by the 
House for preferring the Humble Address of this Court to His Majesty, which 
they desired the House to consider, and withdrew. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board, That the House continue of 
the same mind they were, as to the preferring the said Address. Sent up by Capt. 
Noyes, and Mr. Cooke. 

A Petition of Samuel Lee, Sen. & Aaron Bennet Select-men of the Town of Man- 
chester, presented to the House and Read, praying that the said Town may be 
exempted from the Province Tax for a few Years, for reasons therein mentioned. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act Stating the Fees of the Custom-House Officers within this 
Province. 

Read a First time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act for Regulating Fees. Stating the 
Fees of the Officers of the Court of Admiralty. 
Read a First time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition to An Act for making Lands and 
Tenements, liable to the Payment of Debts. 
Read a First time. 

A Petition of Edward Bishop and Four others, Inhabitants of the Town of Ips- 
wich. Sent down from the Board, not pass'd upon there. Read, praying that they 
may be set off, and belong to the Precinct in the said Town called the Hamlet, for 
the Maintenance of the Gospel Ministry, and not to that called Chebacco, for 
reasons therein set forth. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Precinct of Chebacco, and that called 
the Hamlet, with a Copy of their Petition, and notify them, that they may be 
heard thereon, if they desire it, on Friday the Fifteenth Currant before this Court. 
Sent up for Concurrence. " 

A Draught of a Letter to His Excellency Col. Samuel Shute, to accompany the 
Address of the Court, Sent down, Read. And 

Voted, That the House approve thereof. Sent up. [ 9 ] 

The Petition of John Brigham &c. praying as entred the First Currant, Read 
again, and 

The Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 



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The Petition of Hopestil Brown, &c. praying as entred the ^oth of 'November last. 
Read, and 

The Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Message from the Board, That the House do now come up to the Council 
Chamber to attend the Hearing appointed to be this Day on the Petition of Rich- 
ard Carr, between him and the Towns of Newbury and Salisbury. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. And both Parties being 
heard were dismist, and Mr. Speaker and the House return'd to their own Cham- 
ber. 

A Petition of Jonathan Fuller, and two others, with the Select-men of the Town 
of Newton, Praying this Court to approve and ratify the Agreement and Votes of 
the said Town referring to the Building a Meeting-House, an attested Copy 
whereof is annext. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. June $th. 1716. 
Read, and 

Resolved, That the Prayer of the Petitioners be Granted, and that the Town 
Votes of Newton hereto annexed, be and are hereby approved of, Ratified and 
Confirmed, any former Order of this Court to the contrary notwithstanding. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^Potoig 7. Me ^unii. 1716, 

MR. Cooke from the Committee appointed, Reported a Method, to obtain 
a true and just Valuation of the Rateable Estate of this Province. 
Which was long Debated. 

And the previous Question being put, Whether the said Report shall be now put 
to the Vote? It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Ordered, That the said Report be accepted, and That Mr. Cooke, Col. Basset, 
and Maj. Stoddard be a Committee to draw a Bill accordingly. 

$o£t ^ertliietti. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board, desiring them to joyn with 
this House in the choice of a Treasurer, Impost Officer, and Attorney General to 
Morrow Morning. Sent up by Capt. Noyes, Mr. Cooke, Col. Thaxter, and Col. 
Goffe. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act Stating the Fees of the Custom-House-Officers. Read a 
Second time. 

Mr. Payne from the Committee appointed to Examine the Treasurers Ac- 
compts, made Report that they had attended the Order of the House, and per- 



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formed that Service, and find his Accompts right Cast and well avouch'd in every 
Article. 

The Accompt of Mr. Jeremiah Allen Treasurer and Receiver General of this 
Province, beginning the 26th. Day of May, 1715. and continued unto the 30th. 
Day of May, 1716. Amounting unto the Sum of Fifty One Thousand, Fifty Two 
Pounds Eighteen Shillings and Seven Pence, having been presented and laid before 
the House of Representatives, and Inspected by said House, by which it appear's 
there was standing out on said Thirtieth Day of May, Four Thousand Four Hun- 
dred& Eighteen Pounds, Sixteen Shillings & Two Pence, of the Taxes. Nine Thou- 
sand Pounds neat Province Bills, for the Exchange of Bills, One Thousand Two 
Hundred, Twenty Two Pounds, Ten Shillings & Ten Pence, neat Province Bills, 
and Four Thousand Sixty Nine Pounds, One Shilling & Two Pence, Province Bills, 
with the Five -per Cent, advance thereon, in the Treasury, and further to be Ac- 
compted for. 

Voted, That the said Accompts in the several Articles of Receipts and Pay- 
ments therein mentioned, amounting unto the Sum of Thirty Two Thousand, 
Three Hundred Forty Two Pounds, Ten Shillings & Five Pence, be and are hereby 
allowed of, and the said Treasurer is hereby Discharged of the said Sum of Thirty 
Two Thousand, Three Hundred Forty Two Pounds, Ten Shillings & Five Pence. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Elisha Hedge &c. Praying as entred the 30th. Day of November, 
1715. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. June 7. 1716. Ordered, That 
a Hearing on this Petition be had before this Court this Day, afternoon. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Message from the Board, That the House now come up to attend the said 
Hearing. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and the Parties being heard, 
Mr. Speaker and the House return'd to their own Chamber. 

A Petition of Samuel Porter and Nathanael Porter, Administrators, cum testa- 
mento annexo, [ 10 ] to the Estate of their late Father, Joseph Porter Sen. late of 
Salem, presented to the House and Read, shewing that their said late Father, 
made their Brother Joseph Porter sole Executor of his last Will and Testament, 
who died before his Father, and now the Guardians of the Children of their said 
late Brother Joseph, have Sued and Recovered the Estate out of their hands, al- 
tho' they became engaged when they took Administration to pay, /. 325. Lega- 
cies, besides Debts, which they are liable to pay out of their own Estates, and 
have no remedy in the Law. Praying Relief from this Court. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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Wnerig, 8, fcie ^unii, 1716, 

THe Memorial of Dr. Cotton Mather, moving as entred the 2d. Currant. 
Read again, and 

Ordered, That Col. Basset, Col. Thaxter, Capt. Noyes, Mr. Parker, and Mr. 
Thomas, be a Committee to Examine the Books, and find what has been already- 
paid on the Account of the Service mentioned in the Memorial, and Report the 
same, with what they think proper to be done in answer to the said Memorial. 
And for the Heirs of the late Reverend Mr. Ichobad Wiswell, who accompanied 
the Agents of the late Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay, being sent by the late 
Colony of New-Plymouth. 

A Report of John Cushing Esq; &c. whereof Entry is made the First Currant. 
Read again, and 

Ordered, That it be committed to the Committee for Petitions. 

According to the Order of the Day Mr. Speaker sent up a Message to the Board 
by Col. Thaxter and Col. Somersby, That the House are now ready to proceed in 
the choice of a Treasurer, Attorney General for this Province, and Commissioner 
of Impost. 

The House prepared their Votes for a Treasurer, which Mr. Speaker sent up by 
Mr. Rogers, and Mr. Cooke, to sort and number them with the Votes of the Board, 
and Report the choice. 

Who Reported that Mr. Jeremiah Allen was chosen by a major part of the 
Voters. 

The House prepared their Votes for an Attorney General for this Province, 
which were carried up by the aforesaid Members. 

Who Reported that Paul Dudley Esq; was chosen by a major part of the Voters. 

The House prepared their Votes for a Commissioner of Impost, which the said 
Members carried up, and being returned, Reported that Mr. Daniel Russel was 
chosen by a major part of the Voters. 

A Letter from the several Inhabitants of the Town of Wells, Dated the $tk. 
Currant. And a Letter from Joseph Bane of Casco, Dated the $th. Currant, both 
.directed to His Honour the Lieut. Governour relating to the Behaviour of the 
Eastward Indians. Sent down from the Board and Read. 

A Petition of John Campbell Deputy Post-Master-General of New-England, 
presented to the House and Read, praying that his Accompt of Postage of Pub- 
lick Letters the Year past, amounting to the Sum of /. 32 16 s. 5 d. may be al- 
lowed and paid, and such other Encouragement given to him as this House shall 
think proper for his Service in the said Office, and for Printing Weekly a Letter of 
Foreign and Domestick Intelligence. 

A Petition of John Francis of Medford who had the Grant of 100 Acres of Land 
given him by the General Court October 15. 1679. in consideration of a Wound he 



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received in the Building of Harvard-Colledge. But the said Grant never yet laid out, 
praying that he may be allowed now to do it. Committed. 

Ordered, That Mr. Payne and Mr. Anthony Stoddard be a Committee to prepare 
and lay before the House, the Draught of a Bill, Limitting the time in which the 
Grants of Land shall be taken up and laid out after they are made. 

A Petition of Edmund Goffe Representative of the Town of Cambridge, pre- 
sented to the House and Read, complaining that the Registry of Deeds is not 
kept in the said Town as the Law Directs, it being the Shire Town in the County 
of Middlesex. Praying Redress. 

Upon a Motion of the Representatives of the Town of Charlestown, who affirm 
the said Town to be the Shire Town of the County of Middlesex. 

Ordered, That they receive a Copy of this Petition. And that they may be 
heard before this Court in answer thereto on Thursday next. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Col. Thaxter from the Committee for Petitions made Report on the Report of 
John Gushing Esq; &c. committed to them this Day, which was accepted by the 
House, & accordingly, 

The House pass'd a Concurrence with the Vote of the Board thereon. Provided, 
That [ 11 ] the whole Town stand obliged to an honourable Maintenance of the 
Reverend Mr. Keith, their present Aged Minister, if he shall out-live his Powers 
and Capacity of Discharging the Office and Duty of their Minister. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of John Francis, praying as entred this Day further considered, 
and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, viz. 
That the Prayer thereof be Granted, provided he satisfy the House that the said 
Grant has not yet been laid out. 

Mr. Payne laid before the House a Book in which he had entred the several 
Grants of Land, and Money, made by this Court since the present Royal Charter 
of this Province, pursuant to their Order, with his account of the charge of the 
Book and Entring. Amounting to the Sum of /. 6 2 s. 6 d. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Six Pounds, Two Shillings & Six Pence, be allowed 
and paid out of the Publick Treasury to William Payne Esq; to Discharge the 
said Accompt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Motion being made and Method proposed more effectually to raise and col- 
lect a proper Excise upon Liquors, and Strong Drink Sold by Retail. 
A long Debate ensu'd thereon. 

Voted, That the Rates of Excise upon Strong Drink, for the Year coming be as 
follows, viz. 

Upon Rhum, and all Distill'd Spirits, Eight pence per Gallon. 

On all Sorts of Wine Six pence per Gallon. 

On Cyder and Perry Two Shillings per Barrel. 



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That all Taverners, Retailers, &c. shall give an Account upon Oath of their 
Draught, and that they shall not be Compounded with. 

That a Bill be drawn accordingly. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Elisha Hedge &c. upon which there was a Hearing yesterday. 
Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. June 7. 1716. Read and Dismist. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Message from the Board, That the House now come up to attend the Hear- 
ing upon the Petition of Cord Wing, between him & his Sister Sarah Tomlin ap- 
pointed the last Sessions. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. And the Parties being fully 
heard, Mr Speaker and the House return'd to their own Chamber. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

£ab&ati 9. Die ^unit, 17 16, 

THe Petition of Samuel Porter & Nathanael Porter praying as entred the Jth. 
Instant, Read again, and 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the adverse Party with a Copy of this Peti- 
tion, and notify them that they may be heard before this Court on Wednesday 
the i~$th. Instant, if they have any thing to alledge why the Prayer thereof should 
not be Granted: And that in the mean time, the Execution mentioned in the 
Petition be stop'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be directed to keep a distinct Accompt of the 
Charge of Castle-William, and each of the other Forts in this Province, That it 
may be presented separately to the view of the House in his Accompts Annually. 

Voted, That the Hon. Adam Winthrop, Esq; Jonathan Dowse, and William 
Payne, Esqrs; be a Committee to investigate a suitable place for the Erecting a 
Hospital, for the Reception of such as are brought in, or taken with any Pestilen- 
tial or Infectious Distimpers, treat with the Owner or Owners of the same, and 
project a Draught for a House, with the computation of the Charge, and what 
may be necessary to be Enacted for the preventing the spreading of such Distem- 
pers, and make Report at the next Sessions. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomasin Woodwell alias Hill, Wife of Robert Hill of Salem, pre- 
sented to the House and Read, praying that she may be enabled to Trade, Buy 
and Sell on her own Account, notwithstanding her Coverture, her said Husband 
being in such a crazed condition, that he takes no care for her support. 
Committed. 

A Report of John Wheelwright, Charles Frost, Abraham Prebble, and Joseph 
Hammond, a Committee appointed to lay out a Road to Pejepscot, i$c. Sent down 
from the Board, June $th. Read and Recommended. Read and Committed. 

Upon a Motion being made. [ 12 ] 



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Ordered, That the Deficiency of the Funds that were projected for making up 
the last Years Tax be first provided for, before a new Tax is Levied. 

Whereas upon Examination it is found that the Funds for bringing in the 
I. 22000, that was formerly Granted to be Levied the last May Session, fall short 
the Sum of /. 3572 3 s. 1 d. 

Ordered, That the Interest of the /. 50000 of Credit Bills, lent by this Province, 
not yet paid into the Treasury, be Granted and Appropriated for the making 
good of the said Deficiency, so far that the first /. 3572 3 s. 1 d. thereof, that shall 
be paid into the Treasury, by the Trustees for the said Loan, shall be applied and 
improved to Discharge the same, there being as yet but /. 903 3 s. 2 d. of the said 
Interest paid into the Treasury. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act further continuing of An Act Intituled, An Act against 
Hawkers, Pedlars and Petty Chapmen. Read a First time. 

Ordered, That the several Towns of this Province be at this Session Propor- 
tioned to a Tax of /. 1 1000. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next Three a Clock afternoon. 

Eunee n. tite ^unn, 17 16, 

TFfe Petition of Cord Wing upon which there was a Hearing the 8th. Currant, 
the Prayer whereof is entred the 22^. December last. Sent down from the 
Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council June 8th. 1716. Upon a Hearing had 
upon the within Petition before the whole Court. Ordered, That the Petition 
be Dismist. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

The Committee appointed brought in a Bill Intituled, An Act for the more 
effectual Discovering of the Rateable Estates within this Province. 
Which was Read a First time. 

A Petition of Samuel Woodward Esq; Secretary of this His Majesties Province. 
Presented to the House and Read. Shewing, That the Business of the said Office, 
run greatly behind, between the Death of the late Secretary, and his Arrival. 
That he had been at considerable charge in procuring assistance to Post up the 
Books i$c. and had Constituted Mr. Joseph Marion his Deputy, by advice of His 
Honour the Lieut. Governour and Council, to assist in that Office. Praying the 
Court to take the Premises into their just and wise consideration. And to ap- 
point suitable Persons to Inspect and Report the present State and Business of 
the Office. 

A Letter from Mr. Agent Dummer, to Mr. Speaker. Dated September 2\th. 
1715. Read. 

The Petition of Richard Carr, upon which there was a Hearing the 6th. Cur- 
rant. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council June Jth. 1716. 
Declared upon the Hearing had yesterday before this Court, upon the within 



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Petition, That the setting up of Marches Ferry, over Merrimeke-River from 
Whites Point, in Neivbury, to Ringe's Point in Salisbury, in the County of Essex, 
is no Infringement of any former Grant to George Carr, the Province having re- 
served to themselves the liberty of setting up other Ferrys as should be found 
needful, and the Petition being groundless. Ordered, That it be Dismist. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-concurr'd. 

And Ordered, That Col. Basset, Mr. Anthony Stoddard, and Mr. John Stoddard, 
be a Committee to whom the said Petition is Committed. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

<3$artig 12, trie ^Punii. 17 16. 

VOted, That /. nooo only of the /. 22000, Granted in the Year 171 1, be 
Levied and Collected the present Year. 

And that the Duties of Impost and Tunnage of Shipping, and Excise, be a 
Fund and Security for the Drawing in the remaining /. 11000. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Committee for that end made report on the Memorial of Dr. Cotton 
Mather, which was accepted by the House, and accordingly 

Resolved, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be further allowed and paid 
out of the Publick Treasury to the Reverend Dr. Increase Mather, in full for his 
Service as Agent for this Province at Whitehall, from December 1689, to October 
1692. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 13 ] 

Resolved, That the Sum of One Hundred Pounds be allowed and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury to the Heirs of the late Reverend Mr. Ickabod Wiswell, further 
and in full for his Service in accompanying the Agents of this Province to, and at 
Whitehall, from December 1689, to October 1692. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The House proceeded to apportion the Sums to be paid by the several Towns 
of the Province in a Tax of /. 11000 this Year, which was done by a particular 
Vote on each Town, the respective Representatives having first had opportunity 
to set forth to the House the State and Circumstances of their Towns. 

A Petition of William Ward in behalf of himself and the rest of the Six Fami- 
lies of Newton, that are dismist from the Charge and Support of the Ministry in 
Newton, to the South Precinct in Ro.xbury. Praying that they may be freed from 
the Charge of assisting towards Building the Meeting House in Newton, and Main- 
taining the Minister there while they attend at Roxbury. Sent down from the 
Board, pass'd on there, June 12. 1716. Read, and Ordered, That the Petitioners 
serve the Select-men of Newton with a Copy of this Petition, that they may be 
heard before this Court on Thursday the i^th. Currant, at Four a Clock P. M. to 
shew cause if any they have why the Prayer thereof may not be Granted. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-concurr'd. 



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An Account of the Propositions made by Captain Bommazeen, and Bomiskeke 
(Two of the Chiefs of the Eastern Indians lately come from them to Boston) to 
His Honour the Lieut. Governour, with His Honours Answers to them. Brought 
down from the Board and Read. 

A Petition of John Legg, Nathanael Norden, and 64 others, presented to the 
House and Read, praying that a Settlement may be allowed at Casco-Bay, and 
protected by a small Fort, for the Security and Encouragement of the Fishery, 
that have occasion to Harbour often there. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act to prevent Inconveniences arising by Persons refusing 
to serve in the Office of Constables, that are duly chosen thereto. Read a First time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further addition to an Act Intituled, An Act Relating 
to Sureties upon mean Process in Civil Actions. Read a First time. 

A Message from the Board, That the House now come up to attend the Hear- 
ing upon the Petition of sundry Inhabitants of Glocester, desiring to be set off a 
Precinct, for Maintaining the Gospel Ministry. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and both Parties being fully 
heard, The House returned to their own Chamber. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the more effectual Discovering of the Rateable Estates 
within this Province, for a just and true Valuation thereof. Read a Second time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the further continuing of an Act Intituled, An Act 
for the better Regulation of Swine going at Large, &c. Read a First time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

S^crcurii 13, Die Stonii, 1716, 

ORdered, That Mr. Payne, Col. Basset, and Major Stoddard be a Committee 
to prepare and bring in a bill for Granting to His Majesty an Excise upon 
Wines, &c. agreable to the Vote of this House for that end, which is agreed to by 
the Board. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the further Continuing of an Act Intituled, An Act 
for the better Regulation of Swine going at Large. Read a Second time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further addition to an Act Intituled, An Act relating 
to Sureties upon mean Process in Civil Actions. Read a Second time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act to prevent Inconveniencies arising by Persons refusing to 
serve in the Office of Constable, that are duly chosen thereto. Read a Second time. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Bill be Read a Third time? It pass'd in 
the Negative. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the further continuing of an Act Intituled, An Act 
against Hawkers, Pedlars and Petty Chapmen. Read a Second time, and 

Ordered, That the said Bill have a Third Reading. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in addition to the Act for Regulating Fees, Stating the 
Fees of the Officers of the Court of Admiralty. Read a Second time. 



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A Bill Intituled, An Act in further addition to an Act Intituled, An Act for mak- 
ing Lands and Tenements liable to the Payment of Debts. Read a Second time. 

The Committee to whom the Petition of George Carr was referred, brought in 
their Report thereon, which was Read and Accepted by the House, and accord- 
ingly. [ 14 ] 

Resolved, That Mr George Carr, his Heirs and Assigns, had a Right to the whole 
Ferry on both sides of the River, between Newbury and Salisbury, by virtue of 
a Grant of the Court of Salisbury 1650, being impowered by the General Court, 
1649, to make such Grant, which Grant was confirmed by the General Assembly, 
May 1669, and that no Ferry or Ferries were to be set up without his having the 
refusal of the same. And although the General Court reserved a Liberty to them- 
selves, to order a Ferry or Ferries, to be set up, yet that the said George Carr, nor 
his Heirs never forfeited their Right by any refusal. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Edward Hutchinson Esq; and Seven others, in favour of the 
Settlement at Arow sick-Island. Praying as entred the 5th Currant, Read again, 
and 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be so far Granted, That the Island of 
Arowsick be Constituted a Township by the Name of George-Town. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The petition of John Campbell Deputy Post-Master General of New-England, 
praying as entred the the 8tk. Currant. Read again, and 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Seven Pounds, Sixteen Shillings, & Five Pence, 
be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury, to Mr. John Campbell the Pe- 
titioner, in full of the Accompt accompanying his Petition. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Isaac Wonno & Joshua Shantum, Indians, praying as entred 
June 21, 1715. on which there has been a Hearing this Sessions. Sent down from 
the Board, pass'd on there, viz. June 8. 1716. 

Resolved, That Kitteticut-River is the Southermost Bounds of the Town of 
Bridgewater, any Construction put upon the Report of the Committee of Barn- 
stable, to the contrary notwithstanding. Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act Stating the Fees of the Custom-House Officers within this 
Province. Read a Second time. 

Mr. Speaker sent up a Message to the Board by Mr. Cooke and Capt. Chambers, 
That this House desire their Vote, relating to the Tax, to be raised this Year 
may be pass'd upon there and sent down. 



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The Petition of John Legg, Nathanael Norden, &c. Praying as entred yesterday, 
Read again. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

The Petition of Ebenezer Allen and Jonathan Head, in behalf of the Proprietors 
of Dartmouth, praying as entred December 16. 1715. Read and Committed. 

An Accompt of Daniel Oliver, &c. Overseers of the Poor in the Town of Boston, 
of their Charge in the necessary Support of Province Poor, amounting to the Sum 
of /. 115 15 J. Presented to the House for Allowance and Payment. 
Committed. 

John Pynchon Esq; brought down from the Board, the Petition of Edward 
Hutchinson Esq; l$c. which was sent up this Day. Pass'd upon there, viz. In 
Council June 13. 1716. Read and Concurr'd. 

And the Board are of Opinion, That it will be much for His Majesties Service, 
for the Interest of this Government, and for the promoting of the New Settle- 
ments (which is of great Consequence) that a suitable Number of Men be con- 
tinued at Arowsick for some time, and desire the House would Re-consider it. 
Read, and 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Re-considered. 

Upon further Consideration of the said Petition. 

Ordered, That Sixteen Men in the Publick Pay be allowed to cover the Settle- 
ment at Arowsick-I sland, now Denominated George Town, for the space of Six 
Months next coming, and no longer. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board, That the House now come up to attend the Hearing 
upon the Petition of Samuel & Nathanael Porter appointed to be this Day. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. And both Parties being fully 
heard and dismist, returned again to their own Chamber. 

A Petition of Henry Gilbert, Thomas Gilbert, and Philip Goss, a Committee for 
the Town of Brookfield, Presented to the House and Read, Praying that Forty 
Pounds may be Granted to them out of the Publick Treasury towards Building 
their Meeting-House. 

And the Question being put, Whether any thing shall be Granted in answer to the 
said Petition ? It pass'd in the Negative. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 15 ] 

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A Petition of John Eames Jun. of Framingham, presented to the House and 
Read, Praying Confirmation of a Grant of 20 Acres of Meadow, which was 
granted in May, 1663, to Mr. Richard Parker, and the Petitioner has bought of 



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his Hiers, and that he may have leave to lay it out by a Skilful Surveyor and 
Chainman under Oath. Committed. 

A Petition of John Hovey of Charlestown, presented to the House and Read, 
praying to be reimbursed the Sum of /.8 6 s. 8 d. which he paid to Ransom him- 
self out of Captivity, having been Captivated in the Service, Anno 1707, by the 
Indian Enemy and carried to Quebeck. Committed. 

A Petition of Ann Dowding of Boston, Widow, presented to the House and Read, 
Praying an Explanation of the Order of this Court, passed the 26th of July last, 
on the Petition of Edward White, as set forth in the said Petition. 
Committed. 

A Petition of Benjamin Wright Jun. of Northampton, presented to the House 
and Read, praying that an Annual Pension may be setled upon him for Life, in 
consideration that when he was in the Service in the late War, he had One of his 
Hands maim'd and disabled by his Gun's breaking in Firing. 

Resolved, That a Pension of Three Pounds -per Annum, be allowed and paid out 
of the Publick Treasury to Benjamin Wright the Petitioner, during his natural 
life. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Committee to whom the Petition of Ebenezer Allen and Jonathan Head 
was Committed, yesterday made their Report thereon. Which was accepted by 
the House, and accordingly, 

Voted, That the General Courts acceptance of the Committee's Report, Anno 
1699. refers only to the Boundary Line between the Town of Dartmouth, and the 
Towns of Little-Compton and Tiverton. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the further continuing of an Act Intituled, An Act 
for the better Regulation of Swine going at large, &c. Read a Third time, and pass'd 
to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the further continuing of an Act Intituled, An Act 
against Hawkers, Pedlars, and Petty Chapmen. Read a Third time, and 

pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in addition to the Act for Regulating Fees. Stating the 
Fees of the Officers of the Court of Admiralty. Read a Third time, and pass'd 

to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act Stating the Fees of the Custom-House Officers within this 
Province. Read a Third time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Accompt of the Overseers of the Poor in the Town of Boston, Committed 
yesterday, returned by the Committee with their Report thereon, which was ac- 
cepted by the House, and accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of One Hundred and Fifteen Pounds, and Fifteen Shil- 
lings be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury, to the Overseers of the 
Town of Boston, to discharge the Accompt on the other side. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



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A Petition of Wigglesworth Sweetser and Ursilla his Wife, presented to the 
House and Read, praying that a Plat of Three Hundred Acres of Land, laid out 
and Surveyed by William Ward Surveyor, and Chain-Men under Oath, there- 
with Exhibited, pursuant to an Order of this Court, may be Confirmed to them. 

Resolved, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, Provided it doth not 
Interfere with any former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Mr. Payne according to Order presented to the House a Bill, Intituled, An Act 
for settling of Grants, Which was received and Read a First time. 

A Memorial of John Wheelwright Esq; in behalf of himself, and the rest of the 
Committee for Eastern Claims, Praying that an Account of their Time and Charge 
in that Service, and in laying out a Town at Winter-Harbour therewith Exhibited, 
may be allowed and paid. Sent down from the Board, Read and 

Recommended. Read and Committed. 

The Vote of this House pass'd the 12th Currant, for bringing in /. 22000. 
Granted formerly to be Levied this Session. Sent down from the Board, 

Non-concurr'd. 

Read, and Ordered, That it be insisted on and sent up. 

A Message from the Board by Andrew Belcher Esq; That the House now come 
up to [ 16 ] the Council Chamber to attend a Hearing appointed to be this Day 
upon the Memorial of Col. Edmund Goffe, Representative of Cambridge, com- 
plaining that the Office of Registry of Deeds is not there kept. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and the Parties being heard, 
Returned to their own Chamber. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the more effectual discovering of the Rateable Estates 
within this Province, for a just Iff true valuation thereof. Read a Third time, and 
pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Granting unto His Majesty an Excise upon 
Wines, Liquors, and other Strong Drink Sold by Retail. Read a First time. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. In Council June 14. 1716. 

Voted, That Samuel Sewall, Andrew Belcher, Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas 
Fitch and Adam Winthrop, Esqrs; be a Committee to joyn with such as the House 
shall appoint to confer upon the matter of the Tax now under Consideration. 
Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and Non-concurr'd Nemine Contradicente. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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THe vote of the Board on the Petition of Isaac Wonno, and Joshua Shantum 
Indians, entred the 13th Currant. Read again, and Concurr'd. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Granting to His Majesty an Excise upon Wines, 
Liquors, and other Strong Drink Sold by Retaile. Read a Second time, and Debated 
Paragraph by Paragraph. 

3 $o£t 2$erit>iem, 

The Report of John Wheelwright Esq; &c. that was Read and Committed the 
9th Currant. Return'd by the Committee with their Report thereon, which was 
Read and accepted by the House, and accordingly, 

Resolved, That a Minister be allowed for the Garrison at Winter-Harbour, for 
the space of one Year, and that the Sum of Forty Pounds be allowed and paid out 
of the Publick Treasury for his Support. And that the Sum of Fifty Seven 

Pounds, Five Shillings be further allowed and paid out of the Public Treasury to 
Abraham Prebble Esq; to Discharge the Committee's Accompt. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of James Hovey, praying as entred the 14th Currant, Read, and the 
Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, and accord- 
ingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of /.8 6 s. 8 d. be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to James Hovey the Petitioner in full of his Petition. 
Sent up for concurrence. 

The Memorial of John Wheelwright Esq; praying as entred yesterday, Re- 
turned by the Committee with their Report thereon, which was Read and ac- 
cepted by the House, and accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty One Pounds, be allowed and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury, to John Wheelwright Esq; to Discharge the said Accompt. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Ann Dowding, praying as entred yesterday, Read again, And 
the Committee made their Report thereon, which was accepted by the House, & 
accordingly, 

Ordered, That the Court that Tryed the said Cause, be Directed, and Enabled to 
Chancer the same according to Justice and Equity. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of John Francis, praying as entred the 8th Currant. Read again, 
and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, 
and accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Prayer of the said Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



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The Petition of Col. Edmund Goffe, praying as entred the 8th Currant, upon 
which there was a Hearing the 14th Currant. Sent down from the Board, pass'd 
on there, viz. In Council June 15. 1716. Upon a Hearing of the Towns of Cambridge 
and Charlestozvn, as to their respective Claims of being the Shire Town of the 
County of Middlesex. 

Resolved, That Cambridge is the Shire Town of the said County. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-concurr'd. 

A Message from the Board by Edmund Quincey Esq; That the House now come 
up to the Council Chamber, to attend the Hearing appointed to be this Day on 
the Petition of Edward Bishop, and Four others of the Town of Ipswich, which 
was Read the 6th Currant. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. And both Parties being heard, 
they returned to their own Chamber. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 17 ] 

«£a&foati 16. trie ^unii, 1716, 

A Memorial of Col. Benjamin Church, presented to the House and Read, pray- 
ing consideration and allowance for his extraordinary charge and expence 
in the Publick Service in the Year 1704 when he commanded an Expedition East- 
ward, against the French and Indian Enemy, for which he had no Allowance. 
Committed. 
A Bill Intituled, An Act for Granting unto His Majesty an Excise upon Wines, 
Liquors, and other Strong Drink Sold by Retail, Read a Third time, and 

pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 
The Petition of Samuel and Nathanael Porter, upon which a Hearing was had 
the 13th Currant. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz, June 15. 1716. 
On a Hearing of the within Petition of Samuel and Nathanael Porter, &c. It being 
set forth that their Appeal on a Scire Facias &c. was quashed by a Defect in the 
reasons of Appeal. 

Ordered, That the reasons of Appeal be amended, and the Petitioners admitted 
to a newTryal of the said Action, at the Superiour Court to be held at Salem, for 
the County of Essex in November next, the adverse Party to be timely notifyed, and 
the Execution in the mean time to be suspended. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

The Petition of Jacob Davis &c. Praying as entred the First Currant, upon 
which there has been a Hearing this Session. Sent down from the Board, pass'd 
on there, viz. In Council June 12. 1716., On consideration of the Allegations this 
Day in the Hearing upon this Petition. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be granted, and that the Inhabitants 



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of the Westerly side of Annosquam-River, be & are hereby set off a distinct and 
separate Precinct according to the Vote of the Town, and that they have all 
Powers and Authorities with other Precincts, as the Law Directs. 
Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and Concurr'd. 

Ordered, That Elisha Cooke Esq; Mr. Thomas Turner, Charles Chambers Esq; 
Col. Henry Somersby, Oliver Noyes, Esq; Samuel Thaxter Esq; Col. Edmund Goffe, 
Mr. Richard Trivet, Capt. John Gardner, Capt. Samuel Gallop, Mr. Luke Hitchcock, 
and Col. William Basset be a Committee to consider that Paragraph of His 
Honour the Lieut. Governour's Speech, which relates to the promoting the 
Produce and Trade of this Country, and make Report what they think proper 
for this Court to do therein as Expeditiously as may be. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Samuel Bill of Boston, presented to the House and Read, praying 
consideration and allowance for the Damage he has sustained by Infectious Per- 
sons being put ashoar by Authority, several times, upon his Island called Spec- 
tacle-Island. Committed. 

A Petition of Thomas Wright late Master of the Mary Galley of London, which 
was unfortunately Cast-away at Cape Sables a little time since, presented to the 
House and Read, praying that the Duty of Two Pipes, Two Hogsheads, and Two 
Terces of Rhum, that he saved and Imported into this Province may be remitted. 

Resolved, That the Duty of the Six Casks of Rhum, mentioned in the Petition 
be remitted to the Petitioner. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Samuel Bill, praying as entred this day, further considered, and 
the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, and 
accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Samuel Bill the Petitioner, in full of his Petition. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for the further continuing of An Act In- 
tituled, An Act for the better Regulation of Swine going at large. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for the further continuing of An Act In- 
tituled, An Act against Hawkers, Pedlars, and Petty Chapmen. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

The Memorial of Col. Benjamin Church, praying as entred this Day, Returned 
by the Committee, with their Report thereon, which was accepted by the House, 
& accordingly, 

In consideration, That the Honourable Col. Benjamin Church, bestowed in 
Rewards on particular Persons, &c the value of his Wages, in his Eastern Expedi- 
tion, Anno 1704. 



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And of his great Expences in raising Volunteers for the Service of this Province, 
and many his other good Services. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Sixty Pounds be allowed, and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury in full as a Gratuity, to the said Col. Church. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Account of Money due to Benjamin Stebbins and Samuel Marshall, for Serv- 
ice done, and Money Expended for the Publick, Amounting to the Sum of 
/. 3 17 s. 4.d. Cer-[ 18 ]tified, per Samuel Partridge Esq; presented to the House for 
Allowance. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Sum of Three Pounds, Seventeen Shillings & Four Pence, 
be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. John Partridge to Dis- 
charge the said Accompt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next three a Clock Afternoon. 

%umt, 1 8, bit ^unii, 1716, 

ORdered, That Mr. Parker, Col. Basset, and Major Stoddard be a Committee 
to prepare a Bill further providing for the Regulation of Fees. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be Directed to purchase the Hangings of Two 
Rooms in the House that was bought for the use of this Province, of the Execu- 
tors of the last Will and Testament of Peter Sergeant Esq; at the best rate he can, 
not exceeding Twenty Pounds. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That the Representatives of the Town of Boston, and such others, as 
shall be present, wait on His Excellency Col. Samuel Shute Governour of this His 
Majesties Province, and Complement him, in the Name of this House upon his 
safe Arrival. 

Whereas this House have credible Intelligence, That His Excellency Col. Samuel 
Shute is appointed by His Majesty Governour of this His Majesties Province, and 
may soon be expected to Arrive here. 

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker, the Representatives of the Town of Boston, and 
Col. Samuel Thaxter, with such as the Honourable Board shall joyn, be a Commit- 
tee to provide a suitable place for His Excellency's present Reception and En- 
tertainment when he shall Arrive, and invite him thereto. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Representation of Nathanael By field, & Nathanael Paine Esqrs; by order 
of the Justices of the General Sessions of the Peace in the County of Bristol, 
shewing, That all their Endeavours for the setling of a Minister in the Town of 
Tiverton, have been defeated by the obstinacy of the People, and moving this 
Court to take effectual care to send an Able, Orthodox Minister to the said Town. 
Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council, June 7. 1716. 
Read and sent down earnestly recommended. Committed. 



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A Memorial of the Committee for the Town of Northfield, and Proprietors of 
the said Place, Signed Samuel Partridge, Henry Dwight Committee, and Benjamin 
Wright, in behalf of the Inhabitants. Presented to the House and Read, Praying 
that a Garrison may be allowed to cover and encourage, the Settlement begun 
there. 

Upon a Motion being made in behalf of John Green of Brookfield, formerly 
wounded in the Service against the Indian Enemy, & thereby much debilitated, 
in his Right Hand. 

Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury to the 
said John Green, Forty Shillings at present, & the Sum of Five Pounds per Annum 
from this time, during his natural life. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Account of Rowland Dyke, his Dining the House of Representatives on the 
last Day of Election of Councellors, amounting to the Sum of /. 14 3 s. Presented 
to the House for Payment. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Sum of Fourteen Pounds, Three Shillings, be allowed and 
paid out of the Publick Treasury to Rowland Dyke, to Discharge the said Ac- 
compt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition to An Act, Intituled, An Act for 
making of Lands and Tenements liable to the payment of Debts. Read a Third 
time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Mr. Parker presented to the House according to Order, A Bill intituled, An 
Act in Addition to the Act Intituled, An Act for the Regulating of Fees. Which was 
Read a First time. 

Upon a Motion being made by Mr. Payne that a further Allowance be made 
out of the Treasury for the finishing the Light-House, at the Entrance of the 
Harbour of Boston. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds, be further allowed, and paid 
out of the Publick Treasury, to the Committee appointed to take care of the 
Building a Light-House for the finishing of that work. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 19 ] 

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THe Petition of Edward Bishop &c. upon which a Hearing was had the 
15th Currant. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council 
June 16. 1716. A Hearing having been had yesterday upon the within Petition. 
Voted, That Chebacco, and the New Precinct do lay a Plan of both Precincts, 
the next Session, to be done by Capt. Gardner of Salem, who is a Skilful Artist, 
and the number of their Inhabitants, of each Precinct, and the Charge to be born 
as this Court shall see cause to order. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 



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A Petition of David hovering Citizen and Draper of London, by John Marion 
his Attorney, Praying that he may be enabled, to have a new Tryal of a Case 
between him, and John Kembal, Son and sole Executor of John Kembal late of 
Watertown Deceased, before the Superiour Court of Judicature, in the County of 
Middlesex, wherein he is now concluded and shut up in the Law for Reasons 
therein expressed. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there June 16. 1716. 
Read and Ordered, That the Petitioner serve the adverse Party with a Copy of 
this Petition, that they may be heard before this Court on Thursday next, to show 
reason (if any they have) why the Prayer thereof should not be Granted. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further addition to an Act Intituled, An Act Relating 
to Sureties upon mean Process in Civil Actions. Read a Third time, and 

pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled. An Act in addition to the Act Intituled, An Act for the Regulating 
of Fees. Read a Second time. 

A Petition of Samuel Peck in behalf of the Congregation at Palmers-Rivers, 
in Rehoboth. Praying that more effectual Provision may be made for the Main- 
tenance of the Minister there. Sent down from the Board, having been Read there. 
* Read and Committed. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for selling Grants. Read a Second time. 

An Accompt of Nathanael Paine, Esq; Treasurer of the County of Bristol, 
from April 15. 1715. to April 14. 1716. having been allowed in the General Ses- 
sions of the Peace, in the said County presented to the House for Allowance. 
Read and allowed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Smallpiece of Boston, who was made a Creeple, by being 
blown up with Gun power, as he was attempting to save the Books of Accompts 
belonging to the Impost Office, when the said Office was Burnt. Praying Allow- 
ance towards the Maintaining of himself and Family. Read. 

A Report of Nathanael Paine, Moses Reed, and John Rogers, the Committee 
appointed to compute the Charge of a High-way to Pentucket-Bridge, so far as is 
needful to purchase it, and lay the same before this Court. Presented to the House 
and Read, and 

Resolved, That the Committee's Report be so far accepted, that the High-way 
be laid out and setled according thereto, And the Sum of Ten Pounds be allowed 
and paid out of the Publick Treasury to purchase the Land thereof, according 
to the said Report. 

And that Twenty-Four Shillings be paid out of the Treasury, to the said Com- 
mittee for their Service and Expences. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act stating the Fees of the Custom-House Officers within 
this Province. Brought down from the Board, Concurr'd with some Amendments, 
which were Read and agreed to by the House. And sent up. 



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A Petition of Spencer Pkips, alias Bennet Esq; Praying this Court to Declare 
and Confirm his Sir-Name to be Pkips, having been Adopted by Sir William 
Phips Knt. Deceased, who desired that he might bear his Name. Sent down from 
the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council, June 18. 1716. Read and Ordered, 
That the Prayer of this Petition be Granted, and that a Bill be prepared accord- 
ingly. Sent down for Concurrence. Read. 

A Petition of Mary Plaisted Widow, formerly Wife of John Sayivord of York, 
who Dyed Intestate, and Administratrix to his Estate, praying that she may be 
enabled to make Sale of so much of the Land which the said Sayword Dyed 
seized of, as will Amount to the Sum of /. 72 13 s. 6d. for Reasons therein alledged. 
Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council June 18. 1716. 
Read and Ordered, That the Petitioner serve the adverse Party, with a Copy of 
this Petition, and that they be heard on the Second Wednesday of the Fall 
Session of this Court, if any thing they have to say, why the Prayer thereof 
should not be Granted. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. [ 20 ] 

A Petition of Daniel Bartlet of Mendon, praying that he may be Enabled to have 
a new Tryal of a Case between him, and Nathanael and Timothy Halloway, 
wherein he is at present precluded, and shut up in the Law to his great Damage, 
for reasons therein set forth. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. 
In Council, June 19. 1716. Read and Ordered, That the Petitioner serve the ad- 
verse Party with a Copy of this Petition. That they may be heard before this 
Court on the Second Wednesday of the Fall Session, if they have any thing to 
object why the Prayer thereof should not be Granted. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Five Thousand Pounds of Bills of Publick Credit on 
this Province, be further and forthwith made by the Committee last appointed 
by this Court to make such Bills, who shall be paid for their making them, in the 
same proportion as they were for the last they made. 

That the said Committee deliver the said Bills to the Treasurer, taking his 
Receipt for the same. 

And the said Treasurer is hereby Directed and Impowered to Issue forth and 
Emit, the said Sum of Five Thousand Pounds for Payment of the Publick Debts 
of the Province, already contracted, for the Defence and Support of the Govern- 
ment, and the necessary protection and preservation of the Inhabitants of this 
Province, and for the Subsisting of Forts, or Garrisons, and Wages arising for 
their Service, for payments of Grants, Salaries, and Allowances, made or be made 
by this Court according to such Draughts as from time to time shall be made upon 
him by Warrant, or Order of the Governour or Commander in Chief for the time 



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being, and by and with the advice and consent of the Council, And the said Bills 
shall pass out of the Treasury, as the value therein expressed, equivalent to 
Money, and shall be taken and accepted in all publick Payments, at the advance, 
and after the rate of Five Pounds per Cent. more. 

And as a Fund and Security for the same, There be and hereby is Granted to 
His most Excellent Majesty to the Ends and Uses as aforesaid, a Tax of Five 
Thousand Pounds, to be Levied on Polls and Estates both real and personal within 
this Province, according to such Rules, and in such Proportion upon the several 
Towns and Districts within the same, as shall be agreed on, and Ordered by the 
Great & General Court or Assembly of this Province at their Session in May, 
Anno 1719. and paid into the Treasury, on or before the last Day of December 
next after. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Whereas this Court have Ordered the Calling in and Exchanging of several of the 
Denominations of the Bills of Publick Credit on this Province, and many of the 
Bills that are paid into the Treasury are Torn, and Defaced, which can be of no 
use, but some Hazard to lodge long in the Treasury. 

Ordered, That Charles Chambers Esq; the Representatives of Boston, Jonathan 
Dowse, and William Denison Esqrs; with such as the Honourable Board shall 
nominate, be a Committee, at any time (between this Session, and the Session 
of this Court in May next) when the Treasurer shall have Two Thousand Pounds, 
or more, of Bills in the Treasury that are received in Exchange as aforesaid, or 
otherwise Defaced, and unfit for Use, at his application to them, to take an Ac- 
compt of the number, of each of the sorts of the said Bills, and the Sum the whole 
Amounts to, and give the Treasurer Receipt for them, and Burn the said Bills to 
Ashes, and make Report of their doings to this Court as often as there shall be 
opportunity, whose Receipt shall be a Discharge to the Treasurer, equal to what 
the said Bills would have been if they had continued in his Hands. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition to An Act, Intituled, An 
Act for making Lands, and Tenements liable to the payment of Debts. Read, 

and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

apercurit, 10. tiie ^unit 1716. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to An Act Intituled, An Act for the Regu- 
lating of Fees. Read a Third time. 
And the Question being put, Whether the Bill do pass to be Engross'd ? 

It pass'd in the Negative. 
Capt. John Gardner presented to the House a Plat of the Lands, lying between 



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the Townships of Haverhill and Dracut, Delineating all the Grants of Land that 
have been made to particular Persons, and taken up within that space, for the 
Use and Direction of the House in making Grants there for the future. [ 21 ] 

Ordered, That the Thanks of the House be given to Capt. Gardner for his said 
Plat. 

Ordered, That the Thanks of the House be given to the Honourable Col. 
Benjamin Church, for the Books he presented to the House this Session. 

Ordered, That Mr. Payne and Major Stoddard be desired to prepare and bring 
in a Bill for Granting to His Majesty, several Rates and Duties of Impost & 
Tunnage of Shipping. 

A Report of John Cushing Esq; in behalf of the Committee appointed the 26th 
Day of October 17 14. upon the Petition of the Town of Bridgewater, to run the 
Line between the Counties of Plymouth and Bristol. Sent down from the Board, 
pass'd on there, viz. In Council June 16. 1716. Read and Accepted. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

Whereas there is a different Understanding of the sense of the Law, respecting 
the Choice of the Register of Deeds in the several Counties, some apprehending that 
such Election is not duly performed, unless some one Person, have the major part of 
the Voters, in which sense the performing of such Election may be very difficult, and 
require the Assembling of the Inhabitants of the several Towns of the County divers 
times before an Election is made. 

Resolved, That the Person who has the greatest Number of Votes, for Register 
as aforesaid is duly chosen into that Office. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Samuel Partridge Esq; &c. Committee for the Town of North- 
field, praying as entred the 18th Currant. Read, and in answer to the Peti- 
tion. 

Ordered, That Ten Men in the Publick pay be allowed for the covering and 
encouragement of the said New Plantation, until the Session of this Court the 
next Fall, who are not to be of the Inhabitants there. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Report of the Committee of both Houses, appointed to consider the Para- 
graph of the Lieut. Governours Speech, for promoting the produce and Trade of 
this Country. Sent down from the Board, having been Read there, June 20. 
1716. 

Read, and is as follows, viz. The said Committee humbly offer. 

That a Premium of Forty Shillings per Head be allowed and paid to the Importer 
for Seven Years next coming, of Male Servants, of the Age of Eight Years to Six- 
teen Years, as shall be Imported from Great-Britain, the Islands of Guernsey and 
Jersey, and that an Act be drawn accordingly. 

That there be One Hundred Thousand Pounds in Bills, Imprinted by Order of 
the Government on a new Plate, different from what hath been already done to 



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be Let out to such of the Inhabitants of this Province as shall see cause to take, 
out the same, on good, real Security, allowing Five per Cent, per Annum, Interest, 
on the Sum taken out, for the space of Ten Years, any person to have Liberty 
to pay in his Money at the end of One Year, and Yearly if he see cause, and in such 
case the said Sum to be Let out to any other Person, the neat Profits of what shall 
be gained, by the Interest of the said Bills to go to the Support of the Govern- 
ment of this Province. And that said Bills pass in all Payments both publick and 
private, as the Publick Bills on this Province do. 

That such as take out said Bills their Mortgaged Estates, to be the principal 
Fund for the same, and that the Common and Undivided Lands within this 
Province, be an Addition or Colloterall Security. No man to take out upon his 
Lands more than one half the value. None to take out less than /. 25, or more than 
/. 1000. 

That it would be of great Service to the better Regulating Trade, Restricting 
the extravagant Credit given, preventing the Importation of unnecessary Goods, 
and thereby tend very much to abate the want to Money, if it were Enacted, 
That all Book Debts, contracted after the Publication of this Act, shall carry 
Interest after One Year, from the time they are contracted, that therefore an 
Act be drawn accordingly. 

By Order of the Committee. Andrew Belcher. 

1 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act in further Addition to An Act, Intituled 
An Act relating to Sureties upon mean Process in Civil Actions. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

The Vote of the Board entred yesterday on the Petition of Spencer Phips Esq; 
Read again and Concurr'd. 

The Report of the Committee of both Houses mentioned in the Forenoon. 
Read again. 

The First Paragraph thereof Read and Debated. 

And the Question being put, Whether the House accept the same ? It pass'd in the 
Negative. 

The Second Paragraph for the Making and Lending of /. 100000, in Bills. 
Read and accepted. 

The Third Paragraph thereof Read and Accepted. 

And the following Vote was entred upon the said Report, viz. Read and Ac- 
cepted [ 22 ] (Saving the First Paragraph.) And that Elisha Cooke, Samuel Thax- 
ter, & Oliver Noyes, Esqrs; with such as the Honourable Board shall appoint be a 
Committee to prepare the Draught of a Bill or Bills accordingly. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



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Ordered, That it be a Rule of the House, That when it shall so happen, that any 
Person desires an Act of this Court for the change of their Name, Five Pounds 
shall be paid to the Speaker of this House, for the time being, before he Sign's 
such Act. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act stating the Fees of the Custom-House Offi- 
cers within this Province. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^otoi& 21, Die ^Punii, 1716* 

A Message from the Board that they had Concurr'd the Vote of this House, 
pass'd the 12th Currant, for the raising of /. nooo Tax with some Amend- 
ments, which were Read and Agreed to by the House. And the Vote as it 
stands amended is as follows, viz. 

Voted, That Eleven Thousand Pounds of the /. 22000, Granted in the Year, 
171 1. be Levied and Collected by a Tax on Polls and Estates. 

And that the Duties of Impost and Tunnage of Shipping, and Excise, be a 
Fund and Security for the drawing in the remaining Eleven Thousand Pounds. 

Ordered, That Capt. Chambers, and Mr. Stephen Pierce prepare & bring in a 
Bill relating to Billerica-Bridge, agreable to the Vote of this House thereupon. 

A Petition of Hezekiah Bosworth of Plymouth, presented to the House and 
Read, praying consideration for the loss of one of his Eyes, occasioned by ill- 
ness, contracted in the Service, in the last Expedition to Port-Royal. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of John Ballentine Jun. in behalf of the Town of Worcester, presented 
to the House & Read, praying that the Lands of the Non-Resident Proprietors 
of the said Town may be made subject and liable to Taxes for Three Years next 
coming, as the Lands of the Resident Proprietors are. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be so far Granted, That the Home- 
lotts of the Non-Resident Proprietors, shall be liable and subject to Taxes for 
Three Years next coming, equally with the Home-lotts of the Resident Proprie- 
tors, the Poll Tax of the Residents, not to be less than Five Shillings, the said 
Taxes to be Apportioned and raised by the Committee, if the Inhabitants shall 
not be able to act as a Town. Sent up for Concurrence. 

$ogt St?mtiiem. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for the more effectual discovering of the Rateable Es- 
tates within this Province for a just and true Valuation thereof. Sent down 



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from the Board, Concurr'd with some Amendments, which were Read and 
Agreed to by the House, and sent up. 

The Petition of Samuel Peck, praying as entred the 19th Currant, further 
considered, and the Report of the Committee thereon, Read & Accepted by the 
House, & accordingly, 

Ordered, That the Petition be Dismist in that the Court in their former Order 
of Fifty Pounds have made suitable Provision for the Congregation at Palmers- 
River for the present. 

A Memomial of the Ministers of this Province Agreed upon in their Conven- 
tion at Boston, the Day after the last Election of Councellors, Signed Cotton 
Mather, Moderator. Proposing, That the Minister or Ministers, with the Select- 
men for the time being, should Visit and Inspect the several Families in their re- 
spective Towns, and where they find Bibles or Catechisms wanting, and the 
People unable through Poverty to furnish themselves, That they shall be sup- 
plied with them, and the charge paid out of the Town Treasury. And that an 
Act be pass'd for that end. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. June 
21. 1716. Read and Recommended. 

Read, and Ordered, That it be Referred to further Consideration at the next 
Sessions. 

Capt. Chambers according to Order presented to the House a Bill, Intituled, 
An Act relating to the Great Bridge in Billerica. Which was Read a First time. 

The Representation of Nathanael By field and Nathanael Paine Esqrs; moving 
as entred the 18th Currant, further considered, and the report of the Committee 
thereon, Read and Accepted by the House and accordingly, 

Voted, That it be Recommended to the Justices of the General Sessions of the 
Peace, [ 23 ] vigorously to put in Execution, the Wholesome Laws made, not 
only in procuring a Minister, but in Ordering the Town to be Assessed for their 
necessary Support. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Mr. Payne according to Order, presented to the House a Bill Intituled, An Act 
for Granting to His Majesty several Rates, and Duties of Impost and Tunnage of 
Shipping. Which was Read a First time. 

A Message from the Board, That the House now come up to attend the Hearing 
appointed to be this Day upon the Petition of David Lovering, per John Marion 
his Attorney. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and the Hearing of both 
Parties being ended, they return'd to their own Chamber. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the change or alteration of the Sir-Name of Spencer 
Bennet, alias Phips of Cambridge Esq; Read a First time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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A Bill Intituled, An Act for Apportioning and Assessing a Tax of I. 11151 13 s. 
10 d. upon Polls and Estates. Read a First, and Second time, and 

pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act relating to the Great Bridge in Billerica. Read a 

Second and Third time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of David Lovering, on which there was a Hearing yesterday. 
Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. June 21. 1716. 

A Hearing being had this Day according to appointment, on the within Petition. 

Ordered, That it be Dismist. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 

A Petition of Mercy Vering Widow, Relect of John Vering late of Boston, De- 
ceased Sailmaker, and Thomas Vering Marriner, and Administrator of the Estate 
of his late Father the said John Vering, presented to the House and Read, praying 
that they may be enabled to make Sale of a House and Land which the said John 
Vering Dyed seized of, and left under an Entail, for the relief and support of the 
said Widow. 

A Petition of Moses Printer, Indian, and Joshua Underwood, presented to the 
House and Read, praying that the said Printer may have Licence to Sell to the 
said Underwood, Two Hundred Acres of his Land lying at Assanamisco. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the change or alteration of the Sir-Name of Spencer 
Bennet, alias Phips of Cambridge Esq; Read a Second and Third time, and 

pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Granting unto His Majesty, several Rates and Duties 
of Impost, and Tunnage of Shipping. Read a Second time, and pass'd to be 

Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Samuel Sewall, Penn Townsend, Edward Bromfield, and Addington Davenport 
Esqrs; brought down the Report of the Committee of both Houses, relating to 
the Advance of Trade, &c. Concurr'd by the Board with the following Amend- 
ments, viz. In Council, June 22. 1716. 

That the Prsemium of Forty Shillings per Head, for Importing of Male Serv- 
ants, &c. be Recommended for further Consideration. 

That One Hundred Thousand Pounds, shall be Emitted to Let out, at Five 
per Cent per Annum, for the use of this Province. 

That the Bills be of the same Tenour with those that are already Emitted. 

That the last Paragraph be referred to further Consideration. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read. 



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A Message to the Board by Capt. Noyes, Mr. Cooke, Mr. Payne, and Col. 
Thaxter, That this House desire they will pass a Concurrence or Non-Concurrence, 
upon the Vote of this House on the Report of the said Committee. 

$ogt &$erit»iem. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for the more effectual discovering of the 
Rateable Estates within this Province, for a just and true Valuation thereof. 
Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Petition of Jonathan Head, and Benjamin Head of Little-Compton, shewing, 
That they had Appealed in Two Actions, from the Judgment of the Inferiour 
Court of Common [ 24 ] Pleas, holden in Bristol, to the Superiour Court of Judi- 
cature, and left their Reasons of Appeal Three Days before the time Limitted by 
the Law, with the Wife of the Clerk of the said Inferiour Court, who promised 
to deliver them to her Husband, not then at home, but neglected it till within 
13 Dayes before the Court, by which means their Reasons of Appeal was quash'd, 
and Judgment was affirm'd against them, Praying Relief. Sent down from 

the Board, pass'd on there, viz June 20. 1716. Read, and Ordered, That 

the Petitioners be admitted to a new Tryal of their several Actions mentioned in 
this Petition, at the next Superiour Court, to be holden for and within the County 
of Bristol. They Filing Reasons of Appeal according to Law, and that the ad- 
verse Party be served with a Copy of this Petition, and Order, that they may 
have timely Notice thereof. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and concurr'd. 

A Report of Josiah Converse, John Sterns, and John Houghton, a Committee ap- 
pointed at the Sessions of this Court, begun in May 1715. to run the Line between 
the Towns of Stow and Concord. Read, and Committed to the Committee for Peti- 
tions, Capt. Gardner being added to the said Committee upon this occasion. 
Upon a Motion being made. 

Ordered, That Four Shillings & Six Pence per Man, per Week, be allowed to 
Capt. Zechariah Tuthill for Victualling the Men at Castle William, for the Year 
coming. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for the change or alteration of the Sir-Name of Spencer 
Bennet, alias Phips, of Cambridge Esq; Sent down from the Board, Con- 

curr'd with some Amendments, which were Read, and Agreed to by the House, 
and the Bill sent up again. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to His Honour the Lieut. Governour, 
Requesting him to improve Joseph Kellog, lately returned from Canada, where he 
was a Captive; in some Post, wherein he may support himself. 

A Petition of Adine Bulfinch, and 18 others, presented to the House and 



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Read, praying that the Duties of Impost, on their Goods Imported in the Ship 
Hopewell, that suffered Shipwreck in April last, off the Town of Scituate, and the 
Goods greatly Damnified, may be abated. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, and the Duties of Im- 
post be abated to the Subscribers, and all those alike concerned in the said Ship. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourned till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

£a&fcatt, 23. tiie^umi, 1716, 

ORdered, That the Five Thousand Pounds of Bills of Credit, Directed to be 
Made this Session, be made One Thousand Pounds thereof on the new mid- 
dle Plate, that contains the 3 s. 5 s. 10 s. & 20 s. Bills, & Four Thousand Pounds 
thereof on the highest Plate, that contains the 30 s. 40 s. 60 s. 100 s. Bills. And 
whereas the Honourable Samuel Sezvall Esq; has desired to be Dismist out of the 
Committee for making of the said Bills, That the Honourable Adam Winthrop Esq; 
be of the said Committee in his place. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Amendments of the Board to the Report of the Committee of both Houses, 
entred yesterday. Read again, and upon the Question severally put, The last 
Paragraph only was Agreed to. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for Granting to His Majesty an Excise upon Wines, 
Liquor and other Strong Drink, Sold by Retail. Sent down from the Board with 
several Amendments, the most of which were agreed to by the House, and the 
Bill sent up again. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for preventing Illegal Trade with the Indians. 
Read a First time. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled An Act for the change or alteration of the Sir-Name of 
Spencer Bennet alias Phips of Cambridge, Esq; Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next Three a Clock Afternoon. 

3tunee 25, &ie 3 f unii> ! 7 l6 » 

REsolved, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury for the Hire of a Person to take care of the Light-House, for 
the First Year, to begin when the Lights are set and kept up. [ 25 ] 

And the Committee appointed to take care of the Building the Light-House are 
desired to procure a suitable Person to keep it. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Buchanan and 12 others, Bakers of Boston, presented to the 
House and Read, Praying that the Assize of Bread may be Regulated more in 
their favour, for reasons therein alledged. 



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Ordered, That the consideration of the said Petition be referred to the next 
Session. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for Apportioning and Assessing a Tax of 
Eleven Thousand Fifty One Pounds, Thirteen Shillings iff Ten Pence, upon Polls 
and Estates. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Message from His Honour the Lieut. Governour by Addington Davenport, 
and Adam Winthrop Esqrs; That he has caus'd the Fort at Casco-Bay to be 
Demolisht according to the Desire of the House. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for preventing Illegal Trade with the Indians. 
Read a Second time. 

Voted, That His Honour the Lieut. Governour be desired to draw off the Ten 
Men tha.t are Supernumerery at Fort-George, there being now a hopeful Prospect 
of the continuance of Peace. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act in addition to the Act for Regulating Fees, 
stating the Fees of the Officers of the Court of Admiralty. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Petition of Nehemiah Walter, Pastor, and John Payson, and John Mayo, 
Deacons of the Eldest Church in Roxbury, praying this Court to Remedy the great 
inconveniency which the School in the said Town labours under by the Leasing 
of the Lands, with which it is endowed at a low Rate, for the Term of Five Hun- 
dred Years, contrary as they suppose, to the pious intention of the Doner. Sent 
down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. June 25. 1716. Read, and 

Ordered, That the Petitioners cause the adverse Party to be served with a 
Copy of this Petition, that they may be heard before this Court, on the First 
Fryday of the next Session. Sent down for Concurrence. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act relating to the Great Bridge in Billerica. Sent down 
from the Board with an Amendment, which was Read and not agreed, & the Bill 
sent up again. 

A Petition of Thomas Fitch, Nathanael Carey, Charles Chambers, Samuel Green- 
wood, and Oliver Noyes, a Committee appointed by this Court to provide Sundry 
Necessaries for the Train of Artillery tffc. Directed by Her late Majesty Queen 
Anne, to be here provided for the Expedition against Canada, Anno 171 1. who 
for the Sums they advanced in that .Service, Received Bills of Exchange drawn 
by the then Governour, upon the Lord High-Treasury of Great Britain. But none 
of the said Bills have as yet been excepted. And the Petitioners had the Loan of 
/. 3812 8 s. 7 d. Granted to them in Bills of Publick Credit out of the Publick 
Treasury, in consideration of their being in advance for that Service, and which 
they stand obliged to pay into the Treasury in July next. Presented to the House 
and Read, praying the further favour of this Court, in continuing to them the said 
Loan for One Year more; they having now a more hopeful prospect that the said 



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Bills of Exchange will be paid in some space of time, the Parliament having lately 
taken them into their Consideration. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the said Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Memorial of Samuel Sewall, John Leverett, Thomas Fitch, and Daniel Oliver, 
a Committee appointed by the Trustees for the Improvement of Mr. Hopkins his 
Legacy, presented to the House & Read, praying that the Fee of the Lands in 
Hopkinston, which has been reserved to the Province may be vested in the said 
Trustees, to promote the pious intention, of the said Plantation. And That Persons 
may be forbidden taking up the Meadows, and making Strip and Waste of the 
Trees and Timber there. 

Ordered, That the said Memorial be referred to the next Session for Considera- 
tion. And the said Trustees are hereby requested, and impowered to take care 
in behalf of the Province, to prevent any Strip or Waste, on the Lands belonging 
to the Province, lying in Hopkinston, by prosecuting such Offenders, according to 
the Laws in that case provided. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board, desiring the House to send up for their Considera- 
tion, the Form of a Bill in which they propose to have the /. iooooo, made 
pursuant to the Report of the Committee's of both Houses. 

Mr. Speaker sent up a Form of a Bill, for the said purpose, which had been pro- 
jected and offered to the House by one of the Members, and Read. [ 26 ] 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for Granting unto His Majesty several 
Rates and Duties of Impost, and Tunnage of Shipping. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act Granting unto His Majesty an Excise upon Wines, 
Liquors and other Strong Drink Sold by Retail. 

Sent down from the Board, Non-Concurr'd. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

2$arti& 26, tiie ^Puttii, 17 16. 

THe Bill Intituled, An Act for Granting to His Majesty, an Excise upon Wines, 
&c. further considered, and 

Ordered, That the Excise upon Cyder, and Perry, be but One Shilling, per 
Barrel. 

Ordered, That the House insist on the said Bill, and move the Honourable 
Board to Reconsider it, and pass a Concurrence thereon. And it was sent up with 
the said Message by Capt. Noyes, Mr. Anthony Stoddard, Major Stoddard, Capt. 
Chambers, and Col. Goffe. 

A Message from the Board by Elisha Hutchinson, Addington Davenport, and 
Edward Bromfield, Esqrs; proposing that the parts of this Province, Eastward of 



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York, may be annexed to the County of York, during this Courts Pleasure, for 
the better Government of such as sojourn or reside there. 
And that the House prepare a Bill for that end. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. William Denison, and Major Stoddard, 
moving them to have such Bill prepared against the next Session. And that the 
Bill Granting unto His Majesty an Excise, &c. may have as speedy a Dispatch as 
may be that the Court may rise. 

An Accompt of Mr. Jeremiah Dummer late Treasurer of the County of Suffolk, 
from June 23. 1715. to May 2. 1716. Presented to the House for Allowance. 

Read and Allowed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Nathanael Henchman of Boston, Merchant, presented to the House 
and Read, shewing, that he received of the Ten Thousand Pounds Loan of Prov- 
ince Bills, Anno 171 1 the Sum of Fourteen Hundred Pounds, which he Disbursed 
to pay off Transports, that were taken up on Her late Majesties Account in the 
Expedition to Canada the said Year. And took Bills of Exchange on the Lord High 
Treasurer of Great Britain, for the same, to the Sum of /. 996 18 s. 8 d. Sterling, 
payable at 30 Dayes sight, but no part of the said Bills is yet paid. Praying the 
continuation of the said Loan for One Year more. 

Resolved, That the Prayer of the said Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomas Palmer, Edward Lyde, and 23 others, Merchants, &c. to 
whom this Court lent of the Bills of Publick Credit, Anno 1711. to enable them to 
supply the British Troops, then designing an Expedition against Canada, for which 
Supplies they received of the General and Admiral of the said Expedition, Bills of 
Exchange on the Lord High Treasurer of Great Britain. Presented to the House 
and Read, shewing, That as yet no more than Two Thirds of the said Bills of Ex- 
change are paid. Praying that the Loan of one Third part, of the said Bills of 
Credit, that are outstanding in their Hands, may be continued to them for One 
Year more, in which time they have hopes to obtain the Payment of the remain- 
ing Third part of the said Bills of Exchange, the Parliament having lately taken 
the same into their Consideration. 

Resolved, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, in behalf of the Peti- 
tioners and others alike concerned. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Andrew Belcher Esq; and Jonathan Belcher, of Boston, Merchants, 
presented to the House and Read, Praying that Fourteen Hundred Pounds, part 
of the Sum lent to them in Bills of Credit, out of the Publick Treasury, Anno 
171 1. to assist them to furnish Stores to General Hill, and Admiral Walker, for 
the Arms and Fleet under their Command, bound on an Expedition to Canada, 
may be Lent to them for One Year more, for Reasons therein given. 

Resolved, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



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An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act relating to the Great Bridge in Billerica. 
Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

The following Resolve Sent down from the Board for Concurrence, viz. In 
Council, June 26. 1716. 

Resolved, That for the more convenient Administration of Justice, all the Lands, 
Families and Settlements, within this Province, to the Eastward of the Province 
of Maine, shall be annexed to the County of York, and shall be part of the same, 
to all intents and purposes, until this Court shall take further Order. Any Law, 
Usage, or Custom to the [ 27 ] contrary notwithstanding. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Message from the Board, That they had pass'd a Concurrence on the Bill 
Intituled, An Act Granting unto His Majesty an Excise upon Wines, Liquors, and 
other Strong Drink, Sold by Retail. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Reviving and further Continuing of An Act Intituled, 
An Act directing how Rates and Taxes, to be Granted by the General Assembly shall 
be Assessed and Collected. Read three Times, and Pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Samuel Keeling, Edward Martyn, and 4 others, in behalf of the 
Artillery Company in Boston, presented to the House and Read, Praying that 
500 Acres of Land, which are reserved to the Province in the Township of Rutland, 
may be Granted to the said Aitillery Company, to fulfil a Grant made to them by 
the General Court, October 15. 1673. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for Reviving and further Continuing of An 
Act Intituled, An Act, directing how Rates and Taxes to be Granted by the General 
Assembly, shall be Assessed and Collected. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Message from His Honour the Lieutenant Governour, That seeing the Court 
can't presently finish the Affair, contained in the Report of both Houses for 
making /. 100000 of Bills of Credit, he purposes to make a short Prorogation, and 
that a Committee be appointed in the mean time to prepare a Bill for that end, 
and lay before the Court when they meet. 

Ordered, That Elisha Cooke, Charles Chambers, Anthony Stoddard, Esqrs; and 
Capt. John Gardner with such as the Honourable Board shall appoint to be a 
Committee, in the recess of this Court to consider the Report of the Committee of 
both Houses for promoting the Produce and Trade of this Province, wherein 
is Projected, the Making and Emitting the Sum of One Hundred Thousand 
Pounds in Bills of Credit. And prepare and lay before the Court at their next 



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Session, the Draught of a Bill such as they shall think proper for this Court to 
Enact thereupon. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of David Haynes, for himself and the rest of the Children of John 
Haynes, formerly of Sudbury, Deceased, presented to the House and Read, pray- 
ing the Court to confirm to them a Plat of 1686, Acres of Land thereto annexed, 
taken pursuant to the Order of this Court in June last, per William Ward Sur- 
veyor, and Chainmen under Oath. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, Provided, it interfere with 
no other Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That the Persons hereafter Named be Commissioners of Excise agree- 
able to an Act of this Court, pass'd the present Sessions. viz. 



For the County of - 



' Suffolk, Mr. William Payne. Essex, Mr. Francis Willoughby. 

Middlesex, Col. Edmund Goffe. Hampshire, Mr. John Partridge. 

Plymouth, Mr. Isaac Lothrop. Barnstable, Mr. Joseph Lothrop. 

Bristol, Capt. Samuel Gallop. York, Capt. John Leighton. 

. Dukes-County, Capt. Zacheus Mayhew. Nantucket, Mr. John Coffin. 



Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Two Hundred y Fifty Pounds, be allowed and paid 
out of the Publick Treasury, to His Honour WILLIAM TAILER Esq; Lieut. 
Governour and Commander in Chief of this His Majesties Province, for His Sup- 
port in Managing the Affairs of the Government. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds, be allowed and paid out of 
the Public Treasury to the Honourable the Judges of the Superiour Court of 
Judicature, in proportion to the Courts they attended the Year past. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Samuel Woodward Esq; Secretary of this His Majesties Prov- 
ince, praying as entred the nth Currant, Read again, and 

Ordered, That Mr. Anthony Stoddard, Mr. Daniel Rogers, and Mr. David Free- 
man, be a Committee to Inspect the Books, and consider the Service of the Sec- 
retaries Office, and make Report to the House. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 28 ] 



&$ercuni, 27* trie ^unii, 1716* 

MR. Stoddard from the Committee appointed, Reported, That they had 
Inspected the Books of the Secretaries Office, and find that between the 
Death of Mr. Secretary Addington, and the coming of Mr. Secretary Woodward, 
the Books of the Office had not been Posted up, which Mr. Woodward has had 
done at a considerable Cost & Charge extraordinary, having imployed Three 
Persons besides himself therein. 
Resolved, That the Sum of Ninety Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 



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lick Treasury to Samuel Woodward Esq; Secretary of this His Majesty's Province, 
in consideration of his extraordinary Charge and Trouble in Posting up the Books 
of his Office, that were about Six Months behind, when he came to the Office, 
and other his extraordinary Services the Year Currant, for which he has been 
necessitated to imploy several Persons. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Forty Pounds be added to the Allowance of the 
Reverend Mr. John Leverett, President of Harvard-College for the Year Currant, 
beginning in January last, and paid to him out of the Publick Treasury. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act Granting unto His Majesty, an Excise 
upon Wines, Liquor, and other Strong Drink, Sold by Retail. Read, 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Two Hundred & Twenty Pounds, be allowed and paid 
out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. Jeremiah Allen, Treasurer of this Province, 
for his Service the Year past, his trouble being extraordinary in Changing the 
Bills of Credit, and taking care for the Supply of the Garrison. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Mr. John White, Clerk of this House in part for his Service the 
Year Currant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That the further consideration of Mr. Jeremiah Bummer's Service, 
as Agent for this Province, be continued to the Session of this Court the next Fall. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds, be allowed, and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury to Mr. John Flagg, Doorkeeper to His Honour the Lieutenant 
Governour, and this Court, for his Service half a Year, ending yesterday. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Col. Thaxter from the Committee for Petitions, reported their Opinion, how 
the Divisional Line between the Towns of Concord & Stow, ought to Run, which 
was Read, and 

Ordered, That the Consideration thereof be referred to the next Session. 

An Accompt of Joseph Marion of Writings done by him for this House, this 
Session, Amounting to the Sum of Three Pounds, Seven Shillings, presented to 
the House for Payment. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Sum of Three Pounds, Seven Shillings, be allowed and paid 
out of the Publick Treasury, to Mr. Joseph Marion to Discharge the said Ac- 
compt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Accompt of Bartholomew Green, for Printing the Journal of this House, in 
their Sessions begun in May, July and August, the last Year, and finding Paper, 
Folding and Stitching them, Amounting to the Sum of /. 22 17 s. 6 d. Presented 
to the House for Payment. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Two Pounds, Seventeen Shillings y Six Pence, 



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be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. Bartholomew Green, 
Printer, to Discharge his said Account. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That the Journal of this House of this Session, be Imprinted, and that 
the Representatives of Boston, be desired to inspect the same, and take care to 
have it done. 

Ordered, That for the future, the Votes of this House be Imprinted Twice a 
Week, and that each Member of this Court, be furnished with a Copy from time 
to time, Gratis. 

A Message from the Board by Benjamin Lynde, and John Clark Esqrs; That 
His Honour the Lieut. Governour directs this House to attend him forthwith in 
the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. 

And His Honour the Lieut. Governour Prorogued the Court to Wednesday the 
First Day of August next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon. 

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Anno Regni Regis G E O R G I I, Magna? Britanniae, &C* Tertio. 

JOURNAL 

Of the House of 

Representatives. 

At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in ^fiD^nglatlD, begun & held at 115o£tOn t upon Wednes- 
day the 30th Day of $pa£,&rmo HDomini, 1 7 1 6. And continued by Proro- 
gation to Wednesday the First Day of ^JugUtft, and then Met. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Col. Thaxter, Capt. Chambers, and 
Major Stoddard, That this House are Met, and ready to proceed upon 
the Business of the Session as soon as it shall be laid before them. 
A Message from the Board by John Clark and Thomas Hutchinson Esqrs, 
That His Honour the Lieut. Governour, is at the Board and desires the Attend- 
ance of this House. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly: And His Honour the Lieut. 
Governour made a Speech to the Court, whereof Mr. Speaker received a Copy, 
and with the House return'd to their own Chamber. 
His Honours Speech Read, and is as follows: viz. 
GENTLEMEN, 

IT is by the advice of His Majesty's Council that I meet You at the Time, to which 
You were Prorogued, tho' I confess it be a very busy Season. And am now to tell 
You, That the Committee appointed to Sit in the Recess of the General Court, to 
Consider of the Report of the Committee, of both Houses, for the Promoting the Pro- 
duce and Trade of this Province {wherein was Projected the Making, and Emitting 
the Sum of One Hundred Thousand Pounds, in Bills of Credit,) and prepare and 
lay before this Court, the Draught of a Bill agreeable thereto, have acquainted Me, 
That they have Prepared a Bill accordingly, and are ready to lay it before this Court, 
for their Approbation; which I hope if agreed to, will greatly Tend both to the Sup- 
port of the Government, and the Encouragement of Trade; therefore I chearfully rec- 
ommend it to You, being very much inclined to do my Country, all the Service that 
lyes in my Power. 
Gentlemen, 
I Hear His Excellency Col. SHUTE may in a Short time be Expected, and I shall 
do my Duty to Him, in giving Him as handsome a Reception as this Government is 
capable of; And take this Opportunity to acknowledge your Regards to Me, in your 
Recommendation of Me to Him, for my being Continued in my Post. 



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Some time since, I received a Letter by the hands of a Norridgawog Indian, wrote 
by the Friar of that Place, which was very insulting: And which occasioned Me, to 
Summon His Majesty's Council; and what was done thereon I shall lay before You, 
and doubt not but will be to your Acceptance. The time of Year will not Admit of a 
long Session, Wherefore I should be glad, You would in a few Dayes Conclude what 
lyes before You, that so You may return Home, to the Ingathering of the Remainder 
of Your Harvest. Wm. TAILER. 

Boston, August i. 1716. 

A Petition of Luke Verdy, Cook, Presented to the House and Read, Praying, 
That he may be favoured with a Licence to keep a Tavern in the House called 
the Royal Exchange in Boston, which he has Hired for one Year: But the Select- 
men of the said Town, Refuse to give him a Certificate of Recommendation, for 
that Imployment, because he is not sufficiently known to them. .[ 30 ] 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Making One Hundred Thousand Pounds in 
Bills of Credit, and Letting out the same, upon real Security: Prepared by the Com- 
mittee of both Houses in the Recess of the Court: Sent down from the Board, 
not pass'd upon there. Read a first time. 

A Petition of the Town of Dorchester by Thomas Tilestone, Samuel Paul and 
Hope still Humphry Select-men of the said Town: Presented to the House and 
Read, Praying, That a Surveyor may be appointed to lay out 1000 Acres of 
Land, granted by the General Court to the said Town, Anno 1659. for the use of 
a Free-School, which has not yet been laid out. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted to Dorchester that then 
was, when the Grant was made: Provided the said Grant, has not been already 
laid out. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Thomas Fitch Esq; That this Day being the 

Anniversary of the happy Accession of His Majesty King GEORGE: His 

Honour the Lieut. Governour has ordered the Treasurer to provide Wine for this 

Court to Drink together, which shall be sent in, as soon as the House is ready. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^oti^ 2, tite Slugugti, 1716. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Making One Hundred Thousand Pounds, in 
Bills of Credit, and Letting out the same upon real Security. Read a 2d time. 
Col. Winthrop brought down from the Board a Translation of a Letter to His 
Honour the Lieut. Governour, from Vel Rale, a French Friar, Dated at Norrid- 
gawog the 8th July, 1716. which was Read; and His Honours Letter, to Samuel 
Moody, and John Watts ILsqrs. Dated July 24th. Directing them to go to Norrid- 
gawog, and make answer to the said Letter, as therein Instructed. Read. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Capt. Noyes, and Col. Thaxter, That His 
Honours answer is acceptable to the House. 



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The Petition of Luke Verdy, Praying as entred yesterday, further Considered, 
and pass'd upon as follows, viz. 

The Petitioner having hired the House most fit and best accommodated for 
the Entertainment, of this and the other Courts; and being presented as a Per- 
son proper and suitable for such an Employment. 

Ordered, That he be, and he hereby is Licensed to keep a Tavern, in the said 
House for the Year next coming. He entring into Recognizance for that end, as 
the Law directs: Any Law, Usage or Custom to the contrary notwithstanding. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Upon a Motion being made, and the Question being put, Whether the House will 
proceed at this time to the further Consideration of the Bill prepared by the Commit- 
tee of both Houses? It pass'd in the Negative. 

Considering the great Weight and Importance of the Subject Matter of the Bill pre- 
pared in the recess of this Court, by a Committee of both Houses: And that the Affairs 
of the Husbandry are at this time so pressing, that this House can with no Conven- 
iency continue Sitting so long as is needful to Deliberate and Digest the same. 

Ordered, That the further Consideration of the said Bill be referred to the 
Session of this Court, at the next Fall. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board by Capt. Noyes, Mr. Wil- 
liam Denison, and Capt. Chambers, That this House Desire a Day of Publick 
Thanksgiving to Almighty GOD, may be Appointed and Celebrated throughout 
this Province, for the Divine Favour signally exprest to His Sacred Majesty King 
GEORGE and his Dominions, in the happy Success given to His Majesty's just 
Arms, in a total Subduing the Horrid and Unnatural Rebellion raised by the Pre- 
tender and his Adherents in Great Britain. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine Clock. [ 31 ] 

Bencrte 3. tiie &ugugti, 171 6. 

A Memorial of Mr. Secretary Woodward, Presented to the House and Read, 
shewing, That he had Presented to the Council an Accompt of /. 82, 1 6. due 
to him from the Province, pursuant to an Act, Intituled, An Act in Addition to an 
Act, for Regulating Fees; which they did not consent should be paid, because They 
apprehended the Services mentioned in his said Accompt were in whole or part 
paid for, in the Grant of /. 90, given to him at the last Session; Praying the House 
to signifie to the Honourable Council, their true Intent and Meaning in the afore- 
said Grant. 

Resolved, That the Intent and Meaning of this House in the Grant of Ninety 
Pounds the last Session, to Mr. Secretary Woodward, was to give him that Sum, 
over, and above the Fees allowed to him by the Law, saving that They expected, 
he should not bring into his Accompt the Posting up of the Books, in the Time 
between the Death of the late Honourable Secretary, and his own Arrival. 



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A Petition of John Keyes, Eleazar Taylor, and Abraham Eager, in behalf of the 
Owners and Possessors of a Tract of Land in Marlborough, formerly called Agogan- 
quamasset, containing about 5800 Acres, whereon are settled about 30 Families. 
The Indian Title to which Land they purchased, without the Approbation of the 
General Court, being about the time of Sir Edmund Androse his Government. 
Praying this Court now to Approve their said Purchase, that their Title may be 
fully Confirm'd. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the next Session, for further 
Consideration. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. In Council. 

Voted, That a Publick Thanksgiving be kept throughout this Province, upon 
Thursday the 23d of August Currant, for the Success of His Majesty's Arms, in 
suppressing the late Horrid and Unnatural Rebellion. 

And, that a Proclamation be Issued out accordingly. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

Upon a Motion being made by Mr. Payne, That a further Sum is requisite to 
be Granted for the finishing the Light-House, ordered to be Built at the En- 
trance of the Harbour of Boston. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Four Hundred Pounds, be further Allowed and Paid 
out of the Publick Treasury, to the Committee appointed to take care of the 
Building the said Light-House, for the finishing that work. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board, by John Clark Esq; That the House now come up 
to the Council Chamber, to Attend the Hearing appointed to be this Day upon 
the Petition of the Reverend Mr. Nehemiah Walter Pastor, and John Pay son, and 
John Mayhew Deacons of the Eldest Church in Roxbury, between them on the 
one part, and the Lessees of the School Lands in the said Town, on the other part. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up, and both Parties being heard, they re- 
turn'd again to their own Chamber. 

Addington Davenport Esq; and Mr. Secretary Woodward, brought down the 
Memorial of Mr. Secretary that was pass'd upon in this House in the Forenoon, 
with the Accompt referr'd to therein, Moving the House to make such Deduction 
there-from, as they think is proper according to their Vote. 

The said Accompt amounting to /. 82 I s. 6 d. Read. And with the said Memo- 
rial sent up by Mr. Cooke, Capt. Noyes, and Mr. Parker; With a Message, That 
this House think their Vote on the said Memorial so plain, as to need no Explana- 
tion. And to Acquaint the Board that this House have no business before them, 
and are desirous if it may be, that the Court may Rise this Night. 



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A Message from the Board by Adam Winthrop Esq; with Mr. Secretary's Ac- 
compt afore-mention, That the Council, Desire the House to Adjust the said 
Accompt, and make certain the Sum they would have paid upon it. 

The said Accompt, sent up again by Mr. Anthony Stoddard and Col. Thaxter, 
with a Message that this House, do not see any occasion for to pass further 
thereon. 

Ordered, That the several Petitions, that were at the last Session, Referr'd to 
this, be further Referr'd to the next Session of this Court. [ 32 ] 

Andrew Belcher, and Addington Davenport Esqrs; Brought down the Petition 
of Mr. Nehemiah Walter, &c. upon which there was a Hearing this Day, with the 
following Vote Pass'd thereon, viz. In Council, August 3d. 1716. 

In Answer to the Petition, of the Reverend Mr. Nehemiah Walter Pastor, and 
John Payson, and John Mayhew Deacons of the first Church in Roxbury, the 
present Feoffees in Trust, according to the Will of Mr. Thomas Bell of London, 
Merchant, Deceased, and upon a full Hearing of both Parties. 

Resolved, That the Lands and Tenements of the said Mr. Thomas Bell late of 
London, Merchant, Deceased, in Roxbury in New-England, Devised by him to 
Feoffees in Trust, only to and for the Maintenance of a School-Master and a Free- 
School, for the Teaching and Instructing of Poor Men's Children at Roxbury, 
forever; and to, and for no other use, intent or purpose whatsoever; being Leased 
for Five Hundred Years, is contrary to the Law, and Statutes of England, where 
the Testator lived and dyed, when he made his afore-recited Will; and beyond 
the Power of the Feoffees in Trust in the said Will, and a frustration, in a great 
Degree, of the Pious Intention of the Donor; and that the full Benefit and Profits 
of the said Estate, be hence-forward restored, to the Petitioners, to the Uses and 
Intents aforesaid: Any Lease or Leases made to the contrary notwithstanding. 

Provided, That all things being duly weighed what the Estate has been bettered 
by the Lessees an equitable Allowance therefore shall be made according to Ap- 
prizement, of three Persons of Integrity upon Oath. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-Concurr'd. 

Edmund Quincey, and Adam Winthrop Esqrs; Brought down a Draught of a 
Proclamation for a Day of Publick Thanksgiving agreeable to the Votes of the 
Court. Which was Read, and sent up. 

A Message from the Board, That His Honour the Lieut. Governour Desires 
this House to Attend Him immediately in the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House accordingly went up; and His Honour the Lieut. 
Governour Prorogu'd the Court to Wednesday the Ninteenth Day of September 
next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon. 

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Anno Regni Regis GEORGII, Magnse Britannise, &C* Tertio. 

JOURNAL 

Of the House of 

Representatives. 



At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in jftffcO^nglarUJt begun & held at ilBOStOrt, upon Wednes- 
day the 30th Day of St9a£, 01WO Domini, 1 7 1 6. And continued by Pro- 
rogations to Wednesday the 7th Day of j]5ot)f JttbtT next after, and then Met. 

A Message to His Excellency the Governour, by Elisha Cooke and Charles 
Chambers Esqrs. That a Quorum of the House are now met, and 
ready to proceed to the business of the Session. 
A Message from His Excellency the Governour by Addington Davenport Esq; 
That the House forthwith Attend him in the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker, and the House went up accordingly. And His Excellency made 
a Speech to the Court; and gave a Copy thereof to Mr. Speaker, who with the 
House, return'd to their own Chamber. 
His Excellency's Speech Read, and is as follows: viz. 
GENTLEMEN, 

HIS Majesty having been pleas'd to appoint Me His Governour of New-Eng- 
land; / am by the good Providence of GOD arrived here, with the firmest Reso- 
lution to study the true Interests of this Province, and to promote them to the utmost 
of my Power. 

You have always been distinguish'' d by a due Regard to Religion and Vertue; 
to advance which shall be my first and principal Care, and I desire your Assistance 
in it. 

It's my Lot to enter upon the Government at a Time when your Commerce {a very 
Important Article of a Peoples Happiness) is under a great Discouragement by a 
universal want of Money, which is the Medium of Trade. 

I must therefore Recommend it to you, as a Matter worthy your greatest Applica- 
tion, to find out some effectual Measures to supply this Want, and thereby to restore 
Trade to a flourishing Condition, in which you shall have my best Endeavours and 
hearty Concurrence. 

I hope I shall find no Parties or Divisions amongst you, but that the only Contention 
shall be, who shall best approve his Loyalty to his KING, and Love to his Country: 
Such a Harmony will make you very Happy, and me very Easy. 



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It's a great Honour and Pleasure to me, that I Serve the best of KINGS; and I 
assure you, His Majesty's just and mild Administration at Home, shall be the Rule 
of my Government here, as far as I am capable to imitate so great and perfect an Ex- 
ample. It is also my unspeakable Felicity and yours, that I Arrive here, when His 
Majesty hath entirely defeated the monstrous and unnatural Rebellion, which hath 
been raised in Great Britain: So that now His Majesty's Person and Government, 
their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales, with the whole Royal 
Family are secured, and in them the Protestant Religion, and the Happiness of us 
and our Posterity. 

Gentlemen, 

His Majesty has Commanded me to Acquaint you, that there is no Province in 
America, under the Crown of Great Britain, except this, where stated Salarys are 
not settled upon their Captain General Iff Governour, and Lieut. Governour. I was 
also to recommend to you the Building of a House for the Governour; but I am pre- 
vented from it, by your having provided a very good One, for which I return you my 
Thanks. 

I am further to observe to you, that notwithstanding there was an Act Passed in 
England in Her late Majesty's Reign, for Encouraging the Importation of Naval 
Stores; and another for the preservation of White and other Pine Trees, growing in 
Her Majesty's Colony s of America; yet nevertheless, His Majesty hath been inform' d, 
that great Spoils are daily committed in His Woods, in the Province of Main, and 
other parts of the Massachusetts, by cutting down and putting to private Use, such 
Trees as are or maybe proper for His Majesty's Royal Navy. I am therefore Charged 
to Acquaint you that [ 34 ] [it] is His Majesty's Will and Pleasure, that the said Acts, 
and every Clause, Article and Proviso therein, be strictly and duely comply 'd with: 
And if anything further might be done by this Government, to enforce those Acts of 
Parliament, and to Secure His Majesty's Masts and Timber, I most earnestly Rec- 
ommend it to your Consideration; as also the Refitting the Fort of Pemaquid, or 
the Building of some Fort near that place, that may be a greater Security to your 
Frontiers. 

Gentlemen, 

You have always been so Conspicuous for your Loyalty, that I make no Doubt of 
your ready Compliance in these Matters. 

Gentlemen of the House of Representatives, 

/ shall depend on your Care to make the necessary Supplies for the Support and 
Defence of the Province in all Articles: And give me leave to Conclude, by promising 
you, That my own private Interest shall never interfere with the Publick, which I 
hope may engage you to enable me to Maintain that Station with Dignity, which His 
Majesty has been pleas' d to honour me with. 

SAMUEL SHUTE. 

Ordered, That the Lists of the Polls and Estates, of the several Towns of the 






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Province, Directed by an Act of this Court, pass'd at their Sessions begun in 
May last, to be return'd to this House at this Session, be received on Wednesday- 
next, in the Forenoon, and then considered. 

Mr. Payne Presented to the House an Accompt of the charge of the Building 
of the Light-House, at the Entrance of the Harbour of Boston, which was Read, 
Amounting to the Sum of /. 2385 17 s. 8 d. half peny, whereof /. 1900 is paid, and 
there remains to be paid the Sum of /. 485 17 s. 8 d. half peny. 

Ordered, That Mr. Anthony Stoddard, Col. Thaxter, and Capt. Gardner, be a 
Committee to Examine the said Accompt, and the several Vouchers relating 
thereto, and make report to the House. 

Adam Winthrop Esq; came down from the Board, with Mr. Treasurer Allen; 
and Mr. Treasurer laid before the House an Accompt of the Present State of the 
Treasury, which was Read. 

His Excellency's Speech Read again. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Anthony Stoddard Esq; Desiring that the 
Bill, Prepared by a Committee of both Houses, Intituled, An Act for the Making 
One Hundred Thousand Pounds in Bills of Credit, and Letting out the same upon 
Real Security. May be sent down. 

Who Returned with the said Bill. 

A Petition of Edward Bishop, and Thomas Knolton, Praying, That they may be 
set off from the Ministerial Precinct in Ipswich called Chebacco, and annexed to 
the Precinct called the Hamlet, for reasons therein alledged. 

Sent down from the Board, to be first proceeded on in this House. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

fobiji 8. 2Dtc $otoemfing, 17 16. 

ORdered, That the House now proceed to the Consideration of His Excel- 
lency's Speech, Paragraph by Paragraph. 
The Paragraph in His Excellency's Speech relating to a Medium of Trade. 

Read. 
A Bill Entituled, An Act for the Making One Hundred Thousand Pounds in Bills 
of Credit, and Letting out the same upon Real Security. Read. 

Ordered, That Col. Thaxter, Capt. Noyes, and Mr. Parker be continued a Com- 
mittee for Petitions. 

The Petition of John Buchanan &c. Bakers in Boston, Praying as entred the 
25th of June last. Read, and Committed. 



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3. $ogt a^enfctem. 

A Letter from Jeremiah Dummer Esq; Directed to Mr. Speaker, Dated White- 
hall, July 20th 1716. Containing an Account of Sundry Services he had lately 
done for this Province. Read, and sent up. 

A Petition of Arthur Savage of Boston Mariner, Presented to the House and 
Read, Praying, That he may be enabled to Amend a Mistake in his Reasons of 
Appeal, from a Judgment of the Inferiour Court of Common Pleas, held in Boston 
for the County of Suffolk, to the Superiour Court of Judicature, in a Case between 
him and John Oulton and Cornelius Waldo, Merchants, whereby he is barred from 
any further Tryal in the Law, and stands obliged to pay the Sum of / 184. 12 s. 3 d. 
farthing, to his great Wrong. And that he may be admitted to Prosecute his Ap- 
peal at the Superiour Court, now Sitting in the said Town, to which he Appealed. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the said Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. [ 35 ] 

A Petition of Benjamin Quiby of Ameshury, Presented to the House and Read; 
Praying, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds may be Paid out of the Publick Treas- 
ury, which he Prevail'd with Capt. Gyles to pay to Redeem him out of the 
Hands of the Indians, with whom he had been a Captive Four Years, being 
Taken when in the Service under Capt. Lane, in the last War. Committed. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

t£encri£ 9. SDie |£otoemfori& 17 16, 

A Memorial of Capt. Cyprian Southack, Presented to the House & Read, 
Shewing, That he has drawn a Chart of this Coast from New-York, to Que- 
beck, and proposing, That it may be cut in a Plate, at the Publick Charge, for the 
Service of the Navigation, and when so many Copies are taken off, as the Gov- 
ernment pleases, that the Plate may be given to him. Committed to the Com- 
mittee for Petitions. 

Upon a Motion being made, and the Question being put, Whether the Bill En- 
tituled, An Act for the Making One Hundred Thousand Pounds in Bills of Credit, 
and letting out the same upon Real Security, shall be Read, and Debated Paragraph 
by Paragraph ? It Pass'd in the Negative. 

And the Question being put, Whether the said Bill shall have a 2d Reading ? 
It Pass'd in the Negative. 

Upon a Motion being Made, 
Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board, Desiring, That the Petition 
of the Reverend Mr. Nehemiah Walter Pastor, John Payson, and John Mayo 
Deacons, of the first Church in Roxbury, which was before this Court at their last 
Sessions, may be sent down. 



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Capt. Noyes, and Capt. Chambers were sent up with the Message, and Re- 
turned with the said Petition. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Reconsidered. 

The said Petition Read. And the following Vote Pass'd thereon, viz. 

A Motion being made, That this Petition be Revived and Reconsidered. 

Ordered, That a Rehearing be had thereon upon the 22d of November Currant. 
And that the Petitioners Notify the Adverse Party of this Order. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That John Stoddard, Esq; Mr. Thomas Turner, Daniel Parker, Esq; 
Mr. Daniel Rogers, John Rogers Esq; William Pain Esq; and Mr. John Ward, with 
such as the Honourable Board shall Appoint, be a Committee to Consider that 
Paragraph in His Excellency's Speech, which relates to a Medium of Trade, and 
Report what they think proper to be done by this Court thereon. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Edward Bishop and Thomas Knolton, Praying as entred the 
1th Currant. Read. 

A Petition of Nathanael Goodhue and Thomas Choate, in behalf of the Precinct 
of Chebacco in Ipswich, Presented to the House and Read; Praying, That their 
Bounds may be Confirmed and Set off by the Town of Ipswich; or that Col. Hig- 
ginson, Capt. John Gardner, and Mr. Samuel Belch may be Impowered to Arbi- 
trate their Differences, or that they may have another Hearing before this 
Court. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be so far Granted, that the Honour- 
able John Higginson Esq; Capt. John Gardner, and Mr. Samuel Belch, be a Com- 
mittee to go upon the Place, Hear and Consider the Differences between the Two 
Precincts, and make Report to this Court, how they Apprehend they ought to be 
Issued and Settled. 

And to Consider the Petition of Edward Bishop and Thomas Knolton, and Re- 
port what they think most Convenient to be done in Answer thereto. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by John Appleton Esq; That His Excellency and 
Council have Appointed the first Thursday in December, to be Celebrated as a Day 
of Publick Thanks givingto Almighty GOD, throughout this Province, unless this 
House have any thing to Object against that Time. 

A Message to the Board by Col. Goffe, That it is very Acceptable to this House. 

A Message from the Board by Eliakim Hutchinson, Isaac Winslow, and Thomas 
Fitch Esqrs, with a Petition of Nehemiah Walter Pastor, and John Payson and 
John Mayo Deacons, of the first Church in Roxbury, Praying, That this Court 
would Reassume their Case as Feoffees of the School in Roxbury, in behalf of that 
School, which was before the Court at the last Session, and Relieve them; which 
they intimated was Pass'd upon at the Board this Session, before the Vote of the 



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House relating to the said School was sent up. viz. Nov. jth. Voted, That the Peti- 
tion be Dismist, for that the Subject Matter thereof is cognizable at the Common 
Law. [ 36 ] 

A Message sent up to the Board by Capt. Noyes, and Col. Goffe, That this 
House don't Apprehend how the Petitioners have their Remedy at the Common 
Law, otherwise should not have Voted another hearing. 

A Petition of William. Brown, Son of a Freeman, by a Servant Woman, and has 
been Sold as a Slave, and is at present owned by Mr. Andrew Boardman, shew- 
ing that his said Master will set him at Liberty, and make him Free, if this Court 
will indemnify him from the Law relating to the Manumission of Negroes, as to 
maintaining of him in case of Age, Disability, &c. Praying the Court to indemnify 
him. 

A Petition of John Brigham, and 30 others presented to the House and Read, 
Praying, That the ungranted Lands lying between the Towns of Lancaster, Sutton, 
Marlborough, Worcester, Hassanamisco, and Brigham's Farm, to the quantity of 
Seven Miles Square, may be Erected into a Township, and Given or Sold to 
them. Committed. 

A Petition of Isaac Amsden, and 66 others, Inhabitants of the Westerly Part of 
Marlborough, Presented to the House and Read, Praying, That the said Part of 
the Town, with some adjoining ungranted and Farm Lands, not yet in any Town- 
ship, may be Erected into a Township or (if that be not thought proper) a Pre- 
cinct for the Maintenance of the Ministry. 

And a Petition of several Inhabitants of the said Farms, Read, praying that 
the aforesaid Petition may be Granted. Committed. 

A Petition of Seth Pope, and 8 others of the Church at Dartmouth, Presented 
to the House and Read, praying assistance towards the Maintenance of their 
Minister. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds, be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury, to the Reverend Mr. Samuel Hunt, Minister of the Town of Dart- 
mouth, towards his Support for the Year Currant. Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

cSafcfiati 10. 2Die |£otoem&ri£, 171 6, 

ORdered, That the Thanks of this House be Returned to His Excellency the 
Governour for the good Assurances he has given to this Court in his Speech, 
to study the true Interest of this Province, and to advance Religion and Vertue, 
which this House shall alwayes be ready to join their utmost assistance to pro- 



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mote. Sent up by Anthony Stoddard, John Stoddard, Samuel Thaxter, Daniel Par- 
ker, and Charles Chambers, Esqrs; Capt. Gardner, and John Denison, Esq; 

The Petition of William Brown, praying as entred yesterday, further con- 
sidered, and the following Vote passed thereon, viz. 

Inasmuch as the Petitioner, is a Young able-bodied Man, and it cannot be sup- 
posed, that he is Manumitted, by his Master, to avoid Charge in supporting him. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petitioner be Granted. And that the Petitioner 
be Deemed Free, when set at Liberty by his Master, although no security be 
given to indemnify the Town, where he dwells from Charge by him, and in case 
the Petitioner shall hereafter want Support, his said Master shall not be obliged 
to be at the charge thereof. Any Law, Usage or Custom to the contrary notwith- 
standing. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Daniel Lincoln, and Twenty others of that part of Hingham, 
called Cohasset, or little Hingham. Praying, That a Committee may be sent to view 
their Lands and Dwellings in order to their having a Precinct set off to them. 

Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. in Council, November 8. 1716. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Town of Hingham with a Copy of this 
Petition, that they may be heard before this Court, on Tuesday the Twentieth 
Currant, if they have ought to object why the prayer thereof should not be 
Granted. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

Ordered, That Capt. Moses Reed, and Josiah Chapin Esq; be Monitors of this 
House, to take care that the Orders of this House be duly observed. 

A Petition of Joseph Bucklen & Henry Smith of the Town of Rehoboth, presented 
to the House and Read, praying that they may be paid for making of 180 Rods 
of Fence which is occasioned by a Country Road being laid through their Land, 
to pass over the new Bridge at P autucket-F alls . 

And the Question being put, Whether any thing be granted on the said Petition? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next Three a Clock in the afternoon. 

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A Bill Entitled, An Act in Addition to the Act for Regulating Fees. Read a first 
time. 
A Petition of Cyprian Whipple and Dorothy his Wife, in behalf of themselves 
and Elizabeth Allyn, Administrators to the Estate of William Simons, the Son and 
Heir of Samuel Simons, heretofore of Ipswich, Deceas'd. Presented to the House 
and Read; Praying, that a Committee may be appointed by this Court, to lay 
out Eight Hundred Acres of Land, Granted to the said Samuel Simons, May 22d, 
1661. between the Towns of Lancaster and Rutland. Sent down from the Board, 
not Pass'd on there. Read. 

A Petition of Nathanael Fadre of Boston, Mariner; Praying Consideration for 
his being taken three times, out of Vessels that he Commanded, by the Govern- 
ment, to Serve as Pilot of the Station Man of War, for about Nine Months in the 
whole; and has been paid but /. 3. 17. 6.d. per Month, whereas he was to have had 
/. 5 per Month as Master, and has now lost his Employment; Praying further Pay 
to be Granted to him: And that he may be either constantly held in Pay in the 
Station Ship, or be no more obliged to Serve as Pilot. 
Sent down from the Board. Read. 

The Treasurers Accompt of the Charge of His Excellency the Governour, and 
Gentlemen that Attended him in Visiting the principal Towns of this Province, 
and particularly the. Province of Main, amounting to the Sum of /. 81 18 /. 
Read, and 
Resolved, That the foregoing Accompt, amounting to the Sum of /. 81. 18 s. 
be allowed in the Treasurers Accompts at this time: But that for the future, it 
be not Improved as a Precedent (by giving a different Face to an Accompt) for 
the paying any Charge of His Excellency the Governour, his going to Visit his 
other Government of New-Hampshire, this House having formerly Voted the 
paying of that Charge out of the Treasury of this Province to be a Grievance. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

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AN Accompt of the Committee of both Houses that was Appointed by this 
Court, to take care of the Reception of his Excellency the Governour, 
amounting to the Sum of /. 36. 4 s. Presented to the House for Allowance. 
Read, and 
Resolved, That the Sum of Thirty-six Pounds and Four Shillings, be allowed 



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and paid out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. William Payne, to Discharge the said 
Accompt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act in Addition to the Act for Regulating Fees. Read a 
2d time, and Debated Paragraph by Paragraph. 

And 'the Question being put, Whether the Bill be Read a 3d time? 
It Pass'd in the Negative. 

A Report, Signed by Addington Davenport, Thomas Hutchinson, Adam Win- 
throp, Oliver Noyes, Elisha Cooke, William Payne, Antony Stoddard, Charles Cham- 
bers, and Jonathan Dowes, the Committee Appointed by this Court in the Recess 
thereof, to receive of the Treasurer, Bundle up and Burn, Torn and Defac'd Bills 
of Credit on this Province, Dated the 2$th Day of September, 1716. Shewing, That 
they had then received, and Burnt to Ashes, the Sum of /. 9000 neat Province 
Bills, which Compleats the Sum of /. 40000 that were put into the Treasury by 
Order of the General Assembly, at their Session in May, 1714 to Exchange for 
Torn and Defac'd Bills, and such Denominations of Bills as were called in, because 
they were Counterfeited. Read, and 

Ordered, That the said Report be Accepted; and that the Treasurer be Dis- 
charged of the Sum of Nine Thousand Pounds. Sent up for Concurrence.* 

A Petition of Jonathan Head, and Benjamin Head, of Little Compton: Presented 
to the House and Read; Praying, That they may have the Favour of the Benefit, 
which this Court intended them by their Order on their Petition, Pass'd the 
22do{ June last, which they are Deprived of by reason the Scribe who Drew their 
said Petition, [ 38 ] mistook in the reciting some Circumstances of their Actions. 
Praying that they may be enabled to Amend such Mistakes, and have a Tryal 
of their Actions at the next Superiour Court of Judicature to be holden at Bristol. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Memorial of the Reverend Ministers of this Province, Proposing as entred 
the 21st Day of June last. Read, and Committed to the Committee for Petitions. 
Upon a Motion being made, 

Ordered, That Mr. Cooke, Mr. William Denison, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Upham, and 
Mr. Moodey, be a Committee to prepare a Bill, For the more effectual Observation 
and Keeping of the Lords Day. 

A Petition of Nathanael Collins, Minister of the Town of Enfield: Presented to 
the House and Read; Praying, That" the Province Tax of the said Town, or such 
Part thereof as this Court shall think proper, may be Ordered to his Support, in 
Consideration of the Inability of the said Town to Maintain him. 

Ordered, That this House proceed to the Consideration of the Affair of the 
Agency, on Thursday next in the Afternoon. 

A Petition of John Punker Indian, Inhabitant of the Island of Nantucket, in 
behalf of himself, and the other Indians of the said Island: Presented to the House 
and Read; Complaining of great Injustice and Oppression they suffer from some 



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of their English Neighbours; Praying this Court to Appoint them a Guardian: 
And that the said Island may no longer remain a County by it self, but be an- 
nexed to some other County. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Inhabitants of Nantucket with a Copy 
of this Petition, that they may be heard before this Court, on the 2d Friday of the 
Sessions in May next, in Answer to the Complaints therein: And to shew Reason 
(if any they have) why the Prayer of the Petition should not be Granted. 

And Peter Thatcher Esq; and Mr. Benjamin Hazves, are Desired and Appointed 
to go to the said Island, and enquire into the Matters of Grievance Complained of; 
and more especially their Whaling: And Assist the Indians in making a proper 
Representation thereof to this Court. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Nathanael Byfield, Andrew Belcher, Thomas 
Fitch & Adam Winthrop, Esqrs; That there is a Parenthesis in the Vote of this 
House on the Accompt of Mr. Treasurer Allen, of the charge of His Excellency's 
late Journey Eastward, which the Board think carries some Reflection in it, viz. 
[by giving a different Face to an Accompt] which they mov'd the House to with- 
draw out of their Vote, for reasons they offered, and left the said Accompt and 
Vote. 

A Petition of Stephen Peas of Nantucket, presented to the House and Read, 
Complaining, That he was Rated the last Year, the Sum of /. 3. 12 s. more than by 
Law, he ought to have been, by the Assessors of the said Place: And upon Appli- 
cation made to the Justices of the General Sessions of the Peace for Remedy as 
the Law directs, could obtain none, Praying this Court to Relieve him. 

Ordered, That a Hearing be Granted on this Petition, on the 2 d Fryday of the 

Sessions of this Court in May next. That the Petitioner Serve the Assessors of 

Nantucket with a Copy thereof; who are hereby Directed to Attend this Court at 

the said time, with an Attested List of the Assessment, referr'd to in the Petition. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

£i£ercurii 14. 2Die |£otoem6ri£, 1716. A. M. 

THe House according to the Order of the Day, Proceeded to receive in the 
Lists of the Polls, and Estates, of the several Towns, and to Read and 
Consider them. 

The Petition of John Punker, on which this House Pass'd a Vote Yesterday: 
Sent down from the Board, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, Novemb. 14th. Read, 
and Concurr'd, and Mr. Experience Mayhezu, is appointed with the other Per- 
sons above-named, to inquire into the Affair aforesaid. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Agreed. 



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The House Proceeded further to Examine and Consider, the Lists of the Polls 
and Estates of the several Towns. 

A Message from the Board by the Deputy Secretary, That this Day was ap- 
pointed for a Hearing on the Petition of Daniel Bartlet; But the Day being far 
spent, They Propose to have the Hearing to Morrow in the forenoon: 

Which was Agreed to by the House, and a Message sent up accordingly by 
Antony Stoddard, Esq; 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

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THe House proceeded further to Examine and Consider the Lists of Polls and 
Estates in the several Towns, and pass'd through the whole. 

Ordered, That Mr. Payne, Mr. William Denison, Col. Somersby, Capt. Gardner, 
Capt. Chambers, Mr. Wilson, Major Stoddard, Mr. Lz'ttk, Mr. Parker, Capt. 
Southworth, and Mr. Hammond, be a Committee further to Examine, and duly 
Compare and Consider the said Lists, and Report what Sum they apprehend 
each Towns Proportion ought to be, to the Sum of /. 1000. That any Member may 
have Recourse to them from time to time, for their Information. 

A Memorial of John Minot, with several other Papers, exhibiting an Account 
of the Behaviour and Disposition of the Eastern Indians. Sent down from the 
Board, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, Novemb. \$th. 1716. 

Upon Reading the several Papers relating to the Eastern Indians. 

Voted, That inasmuch as Providence seems now to give us a more favourable 
Opportunity than heretofore, of offering to Instruct the Eastern Indians, in 
Religion and Learning, which has been one professed Intention of our Ancestors, 
Settling in this Land, and is the surest way to fix them in our Interest. 

That it be earnestly Recommended to the House, to Project a Method for 
effecting the same. 

Ordered, That Oliver Noyes, and John Stoddard Esqrs, and Mr. Joseph Ham- 
mond, with such as the Honourable Board shall Nominate, be a Committee to 
Consider and Propose such Method, as they think will best advance, the good De- 
sign above mentioned. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Voted, That the House think it needful to have an Agent, to Negotiate the 
Affairs of this Province, in the Court of Great Britain. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board, That the House Propose to 
proceed to the Choice of an Agent, to Negotiate the Affairs of this Province, in 
the Court of Great Britain, to Morrow at Eleven a Clock; and desire the Board 
to join with them in it. Sent up by Mr. Cooke, and Col. Thaxter. 

A Memorial of Thomas Hutchinson, Adam Winthrop, Oliver Noyes, John 
Ruck, Stephen Minot, John Watts, John Penhallow, John Minot, and Edmund 
Mountford, Proprietors of Lands at Brunswick, Topsham, &c. in the County of 
York: Presented to the House and Read; Shewing, That they have begun a 
Settlement at Small Point Harbour, lying upon Casco Bay ; and that they have 
Disburst upwards of /. 200, more than the /. 500 Granted them to Build the Fort 






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of Brunswick; Praying, That the said Sum, with what more this Court shall think 
fit, may be Granted to them, and 12 or 15 Soldiers at the Publick Charge, to cover 
the said Settlement for a short time, and they will at their own Charge Erect a 
Stone Fortress, for the Security of the Inhabitants there. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

1£eneri£ i6» 2Dxe Jj£otoem&ri0, 17 16. 

THE Petition of John Keyes, Eleazar Taylor, and Abraham Eager: Praying 
as entred August 3d. 1716. Read again, and 

Inasmuch as the General Court by their Vote Pass'd June 19th. 1658. Directed, 
that the English Plantation, since called Marlborough, should have the Tender of 
the Lands mentioned in the Petition, when they should allow the Indians to Sell them. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted; and the Purchase the 
Petitioners and their Predecessors have made of the said Lands from the Indians, 
be not Annulled, or Invalidated, by reason of their not having the Consent of the 
General Court but the said Purchase is hereby Allowed, Approved and Con- 
firmed. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 40 ] 

A Message from the Board by John Cushing, and Thomas Noyes, Esqrs. That 
they Agree to join with the House in the Choice of an Agent. 

The Message from the Board, That the House would withdraw a Parenthesis 
in the Vote of this House, upon an Accompt of Mr. Treasurer Allen, &c. Entred 
the 13th Currant further Considered, and the following Vote Pass'd thereon, viz. 

Whereas on Monday the 12th Instant, Mr. Treasurer Allen laid before this House 
an Accompt, said to be of Money Expended for the Entertainment of His Excellency, 
and the Gentlemen that Attended him on his Journey Eastward, to Visit the Princi- 
pal Towns within this Province, particularly the Province of Main, pursuant to 
Warrant, Dated the 12th of October, 1716. Which Accompt was Read, and Payment 
Ordered, and sent up for Concurrence; and there being a Parenthesis in the said Vote, 
which the Honourable Board thought carried some Reflection in it; and therefore 
moved the House to withdraw the same out of their Vote. Upon Consideration whereof: 

Resolved, That the Sum of /. 81 18 s. be allowed in the Treasurers Accompt at 
this time; although it appears by Inspection of the Votes, and Orders of Council 
relating to that Affair, that that Journey was performed, principally for His Ex- 
cellency the Governour's Visiting his other Government of the Province of New- 
Hampshire; but that this Allowance be not improved for the Future as a Pre- 
cedent. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Hugh Pike, Creepled by a Wound that he received in the Serv- 
ice formerly, against the Indian Enemy, and his Wound still open, whereby he 
is disabled from Labour, to Support himself and Family. Presented to the House; 
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Resolved, That the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, be allowed, and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Hugh Pike the Petitioner, for his Relief. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Antony Stoddard, Esq; That pursuant to 
the Order of the Day, the House is now proceeding to prepare their Votes for 
an Agent. 

The Votes of the House being Collected. 

Ordered, That Capt. Parker, Capt. Chambers, and Col. Basset, carry up the 
said Votes to the Board, and Assist in Sorting and Numbering them, and Report 
the Choice to the House. 

Who attended the Order of the House; And Reported, That Jeremiah Dummer, 
Esq; was Chosen by a major Part of the Voters. 

The Memorial of the Reverend Ministers, Committed the l$ih Currant, further 
Considered, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by 
the House, and is as follows, viz. That an Act be drawn, Directing and Impower- 
ing the Justices, Ministers and Deacons, with the Select-men, or Overseers of 
the Poor, where such are, of each Town respectively, to visit the Poor of the 
several Towns once a Year, and take effectual Care, that the Children and Serv- 
ants be duly Initiated and Instructed in Christian Knowledge, and in Reading 
the Word of GOD; that in order thereunto, such Poor Families be furnished with 
Bibles and Catechisms, out of the Town Treasury, if they are not able to procure 
them themselves. 

Ordered, That a Bill be Drawn pursuant to the said Report, by the Committee 
appointed to Draw a Bill for the better Observation of the Lord's Day. 

The Petition of John Keyes, &c. Pass'd upon in this House this Day. Sent down 
from the Board, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, November 16 1716. Read and 
Concurr'd: Provided, That this Grant do not interfere with any former Grant of 
this Court. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

The Petition of Benjamin Quinby, Praying as entred the 8th Currant further 
Considered, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the 
House, and accordingly a Vote pass'd, viz. In Consideration of the Distressing 
Circumstances of the Petitioner. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be Allowed, and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Capt. Henry True, for the use of the said Quinby. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Nathanael Fadre, Praying as entred the 12th Currant further 
Considered, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by 
the House, and accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Ten Pounds, Two Shillings & Six Pence, be Allowed 
and Paid out of the Public k Treasury, in full for the Loss he has sustained in the 
Publick Service. Sent up for Concurrence. 



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The Memorial of Cyprian Southack, Praying as entred the 9th Currant further 
Considered, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by 
the House, and accordingly, 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Memorial be Granted; And William Payne 
Esq; is Desired to take care to have the Plate engraven, and to have a Copy Taken 
thereof for each Member of the present Court, and then to Deliver the Plate to 
Capt. Southack the Memorialist for his own use. 
Sent up for Concurrence. [ 41 ] 

A Plat of One Hundred Acres of Land, Presented to the House, by John 
Francis for Confirmation, taken, pursuant to a Vote of this Court, pass'd the 
15 th June last, by David Haynes Surveyor. 

Resolved, That the Land Delineated and Described in the said Plat, being One 
Hundred Acres, be Granted, and Confirmed, to the said John Francis, his Heirs, 
and Assigns for ever, to fulfil the Grant made to him the 15th October, 1679. 
Provided, It Interfere with no former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Thomas Hutchinson, Esq; &c. Praying as Entered Yesterday. 
Read again and Rejected. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

£abfcati 17. 2Die j£otoemferi£, 1716* 

THe Memorial of Cyprian Southack, on which this House pass'd a Vote Yes- 
terday. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council, 
Novemb. 16 1716. Read and Concurr'd: Provided that the Number of One Hun- 
dred and Fifty of the said Charts be Reserved, for the use of this Court. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

The Committee Appointed to Examine the Accompts of the Charge of the 
Building the Light-house, at the Entrance of the Harbour of Boston, Made their 
Report thereon, viz. We the Subscribers have Examin'd the Accompts herewith, 
and have seen sufficient Vouchers to the Articles in them, and find them right 
cast. 

Anthony Stoddard, 
Jonathan Dozvs, 
John Gardner. 
Resolved, That the said Accompts be Allowed, and the Ballance due thereon, 
viz. I. 485. 17 s. 8d. be Allowed & Paid out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. William 
Payne, to Discharge the same. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Auger, John Parmeter, Josiah Wood, and Thomas Wood 
of Framingham, Presented to the House and Read; Shewing, That upon the 
Complaint of Enoch Cleverland of the said Town, made to Mr. Justice How of 
Marlborough, they were unjustly Sentenc'd as Guilty of Feloniously Taking, and 



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Carrying away Corn, &c. And the said Justice How, when they Demanded an 
Appeal to the Court of General Sessions in the County, Refused to grant it to 
them, Praying this Court to relief them, and Order that an Appeal be granted 
them to the next Court of General Sessions of the Peace in the County of Mid- 
dlesex. 

An Answer of Mr. Justice How to the said Petition. Read, 

Ordered, That a Hearing be Granted on the said Petition, on Fryday next in the 
Afternoon; the Petitioners to Serve Mr. Justice How with a Copy of this their 
Petition, and notify him then to Attend this Court. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John How of Framingham: Presented to the House and Read; 
Shewing, That he had been unreasonably Prosecuted, to his great Cost and 
Charge, by Savil Simpson, on Pretence of Damage, by his Mill-Pond, as is par- 
ticularly set forth in the Petition. Praying Relief. 

Ordered, That the Petitioner serve Savil Simpson, the Adverse Party, with a 
Copy of this Petition, that he may be heard before this Court on Fryday next in 
the Afternoon, if he has ought to Alledge why the Prayer thereof should not be 
Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Buckminster, Representative of Framingham, in behalf 
of the said Town: Presented to the House and Read; Praying, That a Tract of 
Wilderness Land, lying within the Bounds of Hopkinston, which they formerly 
Petitioned for and platted, may be Granted or Sold to them, for the Conveniency 
of Settling their Children near them; And they are content the Land shall con- 
tinue under the Jurisdiction of Hopkinston. 

A Message from the Board by John Clark, Esq; That the Times that have been 
appointed for a Hearing upon Daniel Bartlet's Petition, are Laps'd; and they 
propose the Hearing thereon may be attended on Tuesday next in the Afternoon. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Tuesday next Nine a Clock in the Forenoon. 

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of the House of Representatives. 
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A Petition of John Hawkes of Deerfield: Presented to the House and Read; 
Shewing, That he hath been much Improved, and Wounded Twelve times 
in the Wars against the Indian Enemy, and now being advanced in Years, is 
reduc'd to Indigent Circumstances. Praying Relief. 

And the Question being put, Whether any Sum be Granted in Answer to the said 
Petition ? It Pass'd in the Negative. 

A Report of John Wheelright, Lewis Bane, and Abraham Prebble, a Committee 

Appointed June $th last, to state a dividing Line between the Towns of Kittery 

and Berwick, and to Consider of and Report the most suitable Place, for the 

Setting the Meeting House in the upper Parish in Kittery. Read and Accepted. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That Elisha Cooke, Daniel Parker, and John Stoddard Esqrs; with 
such as the Honourable Board shall joyn, be a Committee to Prepare a Draught 
of a Commission, and Instructions for Mr. Agent Dummer, and lay them before 
this Court. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Nathanael Collins, Praying as entred the 13th Currant. 
Read again. 

And the Question being put, Whether any Sum be Granted in Answer to the said 
Petition ? It Pass'd in the Negative. 

An Account of Samuel Partridge Esq; of Two Pounds & Twelve Shillings, which 
he paid to some Albany Indians, to satisfy them for the Damage they sustain'd 
by some English Men's Firing upon them in the late War, taking them to be 
Enemys. Desiring he may be Reimburst. 

Resolved, That the said Sum of Two Pounds and Twelve Shillings, be allowed and 
paid out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. John Partridge, to Repay the above-men- 
tion'd Sum. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Simmons, Jonathan Dodson, and Thirty-two others, of the 
Town of Freetown: Presented to the House and Read; Praying, that the Bounty 
of this Court towards the Maintenance of their Minister may be continued, and 
some Assistance given to their Minister in the Building his House. 
Committed. 

Complaint being made to the House, That Mr. Robert Durfey, Representative of 
the Town of Freetown, seldom Attends the Publick Worship of GOD, but ob- 
structs the Settlement of an Orthodox Minister in the said Town; And has since 



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the last Sessions of this Court, been Presented, Convicted and Fined, for Prof- 
anation of the Lord's Day; and has taken his Name from the last mentioned Pe- 
tition, after he had Sign'd it. 

Opportunity was given to Mr. Durfey, and he made his Defence. And then was 
Directed to withdraw; which he did. Upon Consideration of what is Alledg'd. 

Ordered, That the said Mr. Durfey be Expell'd this House. 

He was sent for into the House, but was not to be found. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act, in Addition to the Act for the orderly Consummating of 
Marriages. Read. 

A Report of the Committee Appointed the nth of June last, to Investigate 
a suitable Place for the Erecting a Hospital for Infectious Persons, with Minutes 
of an Act for that purpose. Sent down from the Board; having been Read there. 
Read. 

A Report of the Committee of both Houses, that were Appointed to Consider 
that Paragraph in His Excellency's Speech, which relates to a Medium of Trade. 
Sent down from the Board; having been Read there. Read. [ 44 ] 

3. $o£t St^crititem. 

A Petition of William Sawyer, Representative of the Town of Wells, in behalf 
of the said Town: Presented to the House and Read; Shewing, That the Bounds 
of the Town of Kittery are so Settled, as to take in about 4000 Acres of the Land 
belonging to the Town of Wells. Praying this Court to Grant them Relief; and in 
the mean time to Order, that no Timber be cut or carried off the said Land in 
Controversy. In Answer to the said Petition. 

Ordered, That Abraham Prebble Esq; Capt. Lewis Bane, and Mr. Samuel Cane, 
be a Committee to go upon the Land in Controversy, and View and Discover, 
how the Divisional Line between the Towns of Kittery and Wells, ought to be 
Settled; and make Report to this Court as speedily as may be. 

That in the mean time, no Timber be cut off the said Land. The Town of 
Wells to bear the Charge of the Committee. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Joseph Buckminster; Praying as entred the ijth Currant. 
Further Considered, and 

Upon a Motion of Mr. President Leverett, 

Ordered, That the Trustees of the Bounty or Charity of Edward Hopkins Esq; 
Deceas'd, be Heard upon the said Petition before this House, on Tuesday next 
in the Forenoon. 

The Report of the Committee of both Houses, Appointed the i$th Currant, to 
Consider of a Method to bring forward the Instruction of the Eastern Indians, in 
Religion and Learning. Sent down from the Board, Entred thereon, Read and 
Recommended. Read. 






Journal of the House of Representatives 147 

A Message from the Board, That the House now come up, to attend the Hear- 
ing upon the Petition of that Part of Hingham called Cohasset, and upon the Pe- 
tition of Daniel Bartlet. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and both Parties were heard 
upon the former Petition; but one of the Parties to the latter not being present, 
the Hearing was further Deferr'd. 

And the House returned to their own Chamber. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

apercurit 21. 2Die |£otoem&rig, 1716* 

A Petition of Serjeant Daniel Tucker: Presented to the House and Read; 
Shewing, That he was Shot through the Body, in an Engagement with the 
Indian Enemy in the late War, and his Wound still Uncured, by which he suffers 
great Pain, and is disabled to Labour for his Livelyhood. Praying the compassion- 
ate Relief of this Court. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury, to Daniel Tucker the Petitioner, for his present Relief. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act, in Addition to an Act for the orderly Consummating of 
Marriages. Read a id Time. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act, in Addition to the Act for the better Observation, and 
Keeping the Lords Day. Read a 1st Time. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act for the more effectual Preventing Default in the Appear- 
ance of Jurors. Read a 1st Time. 
Upon a Motion being made, 

Ordered, That Col. Basset, Mr. Turner, and Mr. Thomas, be a Committee to 
Consider the Laws for Stating of Fees, and Report what Explanation they think 
needful to be made thereon. 

A Petition of John Charnock, Administrator de Bonis non, of Ralph King, late 
of Lyn, Deceas'd: Presented to the House and Read; Praying, That a certain 
Farm which the said King died Seized of in Lyn (but is since Sold) together with 
the rest of the Estate of the said King, may be subjected to his Administration, 
for Reasons Alledged. Read and Sent up. 

The Report of the Committee of both Houses, Appointed to Consider that 
Paragraph of His Excellency's Speech, which relates to a Medium of Trade. 
Read again. 

Upon a Motion being made. 

Ordered, That Oliver Noyes, Antony Stoddard, and John Stoddard Esqrs; with 
such as the Honourable Board shall appoint be a Committee to consider of a 
Method, for the Retrieving and Maintaining the value of the Bills of Publick 



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Credit on this Province, equal to the Lawful Money of the Province, and make 
Report to the Court. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 45 ] 

A Petition of the Select-men of the Town of Mendon, presented to the House 
and Read, Praying that effectual care may be taken for the setling the Line 
between this Province, and the Colony of Rhode-Island. 

Ordered, That Samuel Thaxter Esq; Capt. Jacob Tompson, and John Chandler 
Esq; be a Committee to joyn with such as the Government of Rhode-Island 
shall impower, to proceed in, and perfect the running and setling the Line be- 
tween this Province and the said Colony, pursuant to the Agreement lately made 
for that end, by Commissioners of both Governments, and His Excellency the 
Governour is requested to write pressingly, to that Government, to impower and 
send Persons to issue the said Affair, as soon as possible. 

But if the Government of Rhode-Island continue to neglect for the space of 
Five Months to join in the Affair; That the said Committee of this Government, 
be directed to proceed and issue it, according to the said Agreement. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board, That this House having 
certain Information that the Government of Connecticut have laid a heavy Duty, 
next to a Prohibition upon Staves for Cask, that are Transported from that to 
this Government, which we esteem very unneighbourly, and tending to interrupt 
the good Correspondence between the Governments. 

Therefore Requests His Excellency the Governour to move His Honour Gov- 
ernour Saltonstall to use his Interest with that his Government, to take off the 
said Duty. Sent up by Capt. Noyes, Mr. Parker, and Mr. Thomas. 

A Petition of Rebeckah Freeman, Executrix to the last Will and Testament of 
Thomas Freeman, her late Husband, and John, Judah, Joseph and Eleazer 
Rogers, Proprietors in common of a parcel of Land in Harwich, who by Samuel 
Knowles their Attorney (in the Life time of said Freeman) brought their Action 
of Trespass at the Court of Common Pleas, in the County of Barnstable, against 
Robert Nickerson, Joseph Covel, and Ephraim Covel for Trespassing on the said 
Land, and recovered Judgment, and the said Nickerson and Covels appealed to 
the Superiour Court, but before the time of the Courts Sitting, the said Thomas 
Freeman Died, and the Court found the Action to be Dead with him. Praying that 
by an Act of this Court the Appellants may be obliged to appear at the next Su- 
periour Court of Judicature to be holden at Plymouth, and there prosecute their 
Appeal. Read and sent up. 

William Payne Esq; brought in and presented to the House the Pictures of 
King William and Queen Mary of Glorious Memory. 



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Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be given to Mr. Payne for his accept- 
able Present, and that they be set up in the House. 

The Report of the Committee of both Houses for the Instruction of the Eastern 
Indians, i$c. Read again, and, 

Resolved, That the said Report be so far accepted, That a Minister be pro- 
cur'd and sent for One Year. 

That a suitable allowance not exceeding the Sum of /. 150. be made out of the 
Publick Treasury for his Support, as His Excellency and Council shall think fit. 

That an assistant be obtain'd as proposed in the Report. 

That the Sum to be dispensed in Toys to the Indian Children, to encourage 
them to Learn, be Ten Pounds. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of that part of Hingham, called Cohasset, or little Hingham, Sent 
down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council, Novemb. 21. 1716. Upon 
a full Hearing had Yesterday before the whole Court, between both Parties on 
this Petition. 

It is Considered and Ordered, That the Hon. Penn Tozvnsend, and Edmund 
Quincey Esqrs; with such as the Honourable House of Representatives shall ap- 
point, be a Committee to repair to the Town of Hingham, and view the Situation 
thereof, in order to which a rough Draught of the Town Plat, setting forth the 
Number of Families, with the Distances of their Dwelling Places from the Meeting 
Houses, the Petitioners are hereby directed to prepare, and lay before the said 
Committee, and hear the Allegations on both sides, and make report thereof at 
the Sessions of this Court in May next, the Charges arising thereon to be born 
by the Petitioners. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. And Antony Stoddard Esq; Mr. William Denis on and 
Capt. John Mills, are joined in the affair. 

A Memorial of John Watts of George Town on Rowsick Island, Praying that 

the Forces they are now favoured with may be continued till their Settlements 

are compleated, to prevent the Insults of the Indians, who grow very troublesome 

to them. Sent down from the Board, having been Read there. Read, and 

In Answer to the said Memorial. 

Voted, That Fifteen Souldiers in the Publick Pay be allowed till the Sessions of 
this Court in May next. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Upon a Motion being made. 

Voted, That Ten Souldiers in the Publick Pay be allowed to cover the Settle- 
ment that is making at Small Point near Sagadehoc for One Year, if the interested 
can find so many that will Inlist themselves for that Service. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

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^ofcig 22, 2Die l^obemtinisf, 171 6, 

A Bill Entituled, An Act in Addition to the Act for the orderly Consummating 
of Marriages. Read a 3d time, and Pass'd to be Engross'd. 
Sent up for concurrence. 
A Bill Entituled, An Act for the better Observation & Keeping of the Lord's Day. 
Read a zd time. 

A Message from his Excellency the Governour, by Penn Townsend Esq; That 
he has Discours'd His Honour Governour Saltonstall, upon the Subject the House 
desired him Yesterday; and he has promis'd him, to Interpose his good Offices in 
the Affair. 

3. $ogt S^mtiiem 

The Petition of Rebeckah Freeman, &c Praying as entred Yesterday: Sent 
down from the Board, Pass'd upon there, viz. In Council, Nov. 22d. 1716. 
Read, and 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Appellants with a Copy of this Petition; 
and that the Appellants bring forward their Appeal, at the Superior Court of 
Judicature next, to be holden for and within the County of Plymouth; and that 
the Appellees Council prepare a Bill accordingly. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act for Settling of Grants. Read a 1st Time. 

Whereas this House Pass'd a Vote at their Sessions the list Day of May, 1715. 
In the following Terms, viz. 

' Voted, That the right of this Province in and to the River commonly called 
Piscataqua River, be Asserted and Maintained. And in order there-unto: 

'That a Breast-work for Six Guns be Erected in some convenient Place in the 
'Town of Kittery, for the Defence of the River. 

'That Six Guns with Shot and Carriages be Ordered to the Town of Kittery, 
'upon their Erecting a Breast-work, and Platform, and obliging themselves to 
'Maintain the same. 

'That His Excellency be desired to give His Orders accordingly. 

'That it is for His Majesty's Service, That there be a Naval Office kept in the 
'Port of Kittery, to avoid the Unreasonable Duties or Impositions Exacted from 
'the Inhabitants of this Province, passing in and out said River, by the Naval 
'Officer of the Government of New-Hampshire. 

'That all Ships or other Vessels that Load or Unload at the Port of Kittery, 
' be obliged to enter, & clear with the Naval Officer there, & Pay the Duties of Im- 
'post & Powder Money according to Law. 



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'That all the Harbours in Kittery and Berwick, shall belong to the Port of 
' Kittery. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Which Vote was sent up to the Honourable Board for Concurrence; and there 
Concurr'd, and Consented to by the Governour. 

And whereas the Vote aforesaid, has not yet been put in Practice. 

Voted, That His Excellency the Governour be desired to bring forward the 
Execution thereof as soon as may be. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of John Buchanan, &c. Bakers in Boston, Committed the $th 
Currant, further Considered; and the Report of the Committee thereon, which 
was Accepted by the House, and 

Ordered, That a Bill be drawn accordingly. 

The Petition of John Simmons, Jonathan Dodson, &c. of Freetown: Praying 
as entred the 20th Currant. Read again, and the Report of the Committee 
thereon, which was not Accepted. 

In Answer to the said Petition, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds, be Allowed and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury, towards the Maintenance of the Ministry in the said Town, the 
Year Currant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act in Addition to an Act, Entituled, An Act for the better 
Observation and Keeping of the Lord's Day. Read a 3d Time, and Pass'd 

to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act for the more effectual Preventing Default in the Appear- 
ance of Jurors. Read a zd Time. 

A Petition of John Bourn: Presented to the House and Read; Praying. That 
he may be Paid the Sum of Fifty Pounds, for Damage he has sustain'd by the 
Fort, which was lately at Casco Bay, it's standing several Years upon his Land, 
the Wood and Timber being cut off for the use thereof. 

And the Question being put, Whether any Sum be Granted, in Answer to the said 
Petition? It Pass'd in the Negative. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 48 ] 

l®tntzi& 23. 2D:e iflotoemfcrig, 171 6. 

THe Report of the Committee of both Houses, upon that Paragraph in his 
Excellency's Speech, which relates to a Medium of Trade. Read again. 
A Bill Entituled, An Act for the more effectual Preventing Default in the Appear- 
ance of Jurors. Read a 3d Time, and Pass'd to be Engross'd. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
The Report of the Committee Appointed the nth of June last, to Investigate 
a suitable Place for a Hospital, for Infectious Persons, &c. 

Voted, That the said Report be so far accepted, that the Acre of Land men- 



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tioned therein on Squantom-Neck, with necessary Priviledges, be Purchased and 
Paid for out of the Publick Treasury, The Title to be vested in the Province 
Treasurer for the time being, for the use of the Province. 

That One Hundred and Fifty Pounds be allowed out of the Publick Treasury 
for Erecting necessary Buildings &c. thereon. 

That Samuel Thaxter, and William Payne Esqrs; be a Committee to take care 
for the Building, and fitting the Hospital, as soon as conveniently may be. 

And that the said Committee prepare and lay before the Court, a Draught of a 
Bill, Enacting as they shall think necessary on this occasion. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of William Pickering and Six others, Select Men of the Town of 
Salem, Shewing there is a great Difference and Contention arisen in the said 
Town respecting the Property of their Common Lands. Praying this Court 
to send a Committee to view and consider the Records relating thereto, in or- 
der to the issuing and setling of their Differences. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

The Petition of John Brigham, and Thirty others. 

And the Petition of Isaac Amsden and Sixty Six others, Inhabitants of Marl- 
borough both committed the oth Currant, further considered, and the Report of 
the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, and accordingly, the 
following Vote passed on the former of the said Petitions, viz. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners prepare a Plan of the Land Petitioned for, and 
lay it before this Court, at their next Sessions, and that Marlborough Petition 
be continued to that time, That this Court may advise what may be for the 
Publick Benefit. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to An Act, Intituled, An Act for the 
better Observation and Keeping of the Lords -Day. Brought down from the Board by 
Samuel Sewall and Addington Davenport Esqrs; with a Message that the Board 
had Concurr'd the said Act, with some Amendments to which they desire the 
Concurrence of this House. 

The said Amendments Read, and all but one Agreed to by the House. 

The Report of the Committee relating to the Divisional Line between the 
Towns of Concord and Stow, which was referr'd the 27th of June last, further 
Considered, and 

Inasmuch as the Committee formerly sent to discover the Line between the Towns 
of Concord and Stow, did not finish that Service. 

Ordered, That Samuel Thaxter Esq; Capt. Samuel Gardner, and Capt. Joseph 
Burnap be a Committee to Investigate and Settle the Bound-marks between the 
said Towns. And make Report to this Court, of their doings, and their opinion, 
by whom of Right the Charge of the Committee ought to be born. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 153 

A Message from the Board by Thomas Noyes Esq; That the House now come 
up to attend a Hearing upon the Petition of Joseph Anger, John Parmeter, 
Josiah and Thomas Wood, of Framingham. 

And upon the Petition of John How of Framingham, both appointed the 17th 
Currant. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and the Parties concern'd 
in both Petitions being heard, returned again to their own Chamber. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

£afc&ati 24. 2Die |^otoembri£, 17 16. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Setling of Grants. Read a 2d and 3d time. 

And pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Cutting of Watertown, Presented to the House & Read, pray- 
ing, That Two Hundred Acres of Land, lying near Hassanamisco which Andrew 
Pittimee Indian, gave to his late Father, John Cutting, per Deed of Gift, Dated 
January 18th 1688. may be confirmed to him. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

Ordered, That Mr. Cooke, Mr. Parker and Mr. Turner, be a Committee, to Con- 
sider, what Bills are Expired, or near Expiring, and ought to be Revived, or 
Continued, and to Prepare and lay before the House, a Bill, or Bills, for that end. 

A Message from the Board by John Higginson, Esq; That the House, now come 
up to attend the Hearing upon the Petition of Daniel Bartlet. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly: And when the Hearing was 
ended; Return 'd again to their own Chamber. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next three a Clock in the Afternoon. 

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^robince of tfje &£a£0acfm£ett$k2$ap, 

VOTES of the House of Representatives. 

Suna? 26. SDie |£otocmbri£, 17 16. 

A Bill Entituled, y/n y^ci /or 2A<? Promoting and Encouraging of Children and 
Servants, to be taught to Read, and Instructed in the Principles of Christianity. 
Read a first Time. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act in Addition to an Act, Intituled, An Act for the due 
Assize of Bread. Read a first Time. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act, in Addition to an Act, Entituled, An Act Providing in 
Case of Sickness. Read a first Time. 

The Petition of John How, upon which there was a Hearing before this Court 
the 23d Currant: Sent down from the Board, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, 
November 24th, 1716. Upon a full Hearing had Yesterday on the within Petition. 

Ordered, That this Petition be Dismist, for that the Law has already made Pro- 
vision in that behalf. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Non-Concurr'd; Inasmuch as we apprehend the first Verdict, being 
Accepted by the Court, ought to have been final; and that the second Verdict 
is therefore null and void. 

An Engross'd Bill, Entituled, An Act, in Addition to the Act, Entituled, An Act 
for the better Observation and Keeping the Lords Day. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do Pass to be Enacted. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. Cooke, and Col. Somersby, to Enquire 
whether they have Concurr'd the Vote of this House, upon the Light-House Ac- 
compts. 

Who Return'd, That they had Appointed a Committee to Inspect the said 
Accompts, who had not yet made their Report thereon. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

j¥lartijef 27, T>\t j£otocmbri£, 17 16, 

THe Report of the Committee of both Houses, Appointed to Consider that 
Paragraph of His Excellency's Speech relating to a Medium of Trade. 
Further Considered. 

A Bill, Entituled, An Act, in Addition to an Act, Entituled, An Act for the due 
Assize of Bread. Read a second Time. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act for the Promoting and Encouraging of Children and 
Servants, in the Principles of Christianity. Read a second Time. 

A Bill Entituled, An Act, in Addition to an Act, Entituled, An Act Providing in 
Case of Sickness. Read a second Time. 

The Petition of Joseph Anger, Thomas Wood, Josiah Wood, and John Parmeter. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 155 

Sent down from the Board, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, November 26th, 
1716. 

Upon a Hearing had on this Petition the 23d Currant. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners be, and hereby are fully Impowered, to bring 
forward their Appeal, at the next Court of General Sessions of the Peace, for and 
within the County of Middlesex, they Filing Reasons of Appeal, and giving Bond 
to prosecute the same, as the Law directs. And that the Petitioners Serve the 
Complainant Enoch Cleverland, with a Copy of this Petition, and Order thereon. 
Any Law, Usage or Custom to the contrary notwithstanding. 
Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Non-Concurr'd; Inasmuch as the Matter brought before the Justice, 
was not in his Power to Try and Determine; And that therefore the House are of 
Opinion, That the whole Proceeding of the said Justice in that Affair be null and 
void. 

A Message sent up to the Honourable Board by Capt. Noyes, and Maj. Stod- 
dard, to Inquire what is done upon the Petition of John How, since it was sent up; 
And to Desire that when the Houses do not readily Agree in things needful to be 
done, That they may not then be dropt, but an Agreement Endeavoured, by the 
Conference of both Houses, or Committees of them. 

The Petition of John Hinks of New Castle, Praying as Entred the 16th of De- 
cember last. Read, and the Accompt, which he prays may be paid, with his Oath 
thereon. 

Resolved, That the Sum of 16 /. 8 s. 3 d. be Allowed, and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Mr. John Hinks the Petitioner, in Discharge of his Accompt. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That the Commissioner of Impost be directed to supply the Keeper of 
the Light-House with Oyl, Week, and Candles, for the Maintaining the Lights, 
as often as he shall have occasion, and with such other things, as may be neces- 
sary for the same. And bring the Charge into his Accompts. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of William Sawyer, and Samuel Cane, Representatives of the Towns 
of York and Wells, Presented to the House and Read, Praying the Grant of a 
Barrel of Powder, and Shot, answerable, to each of the said Towns, for reasons 
they assign. 

In Answer to the said Petition. 

Voted, That One Barrel of good Gun-powder, and Two Hundred Weight of Shot 
be Granted out of the Publick Stores, to each of the said Towns, to be kept, for 
Town Stock. Sent up for Concurrence. 



156 Journal of the House of Representatives 

This being the Day appointed, for the Hearing of the Commissioners, for the 
Bounty & Charity of Edward Hopkins Esq; Deceased: Upon the Petition of 
Joseph Buckminster Esq; in behalf of the Town of Framingham ; the Honourable 
Samuel Sew all, John Lever ett, and Thomas Fitch, Esqrs; with [ 50 ] Mr. Daniel 
Oliver, being some of the said Commissioners, were Admitted into the House. 
And the said Petition being Read; They were heard thereon; and the said Buck- 
minster in answer to them, and then withdrew. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act, Intituled, An Act for the Punish- 
ing of Criminal Offenders. Read a first time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

fl^murii i 8« 2Die $obcmbri£, 17 16. 

A Petition of Richard Car: Presented to the House and Read; Shewing, That 
he Preferr'd his Petition to this Court, for obtaining his Right in the Ferry 
between Newbury and Salisbury, which was Pass'd upon by the Honourable Coun- 
cil, That there was no Ground for his Petition; which the House of Representa- 
tives Non-Concurr'd, finding he had Reason to ground his Petition upon: Pray- 
ing that the Consideration of his Petition may be Reassum'd. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. Anthony Stoddard, and Col. Goffe, De- 
siring the said Petition may be sent down. And it was accordingly sent. 

The following Vote brought down from the Hon. Board, viz. In Council, No- 
vember 27, 1 716. 

Ordered, That Nathanael Byfield, Benjamin Lynde, and Addington Davenport 
Esqrs, with such as the Honourable House of Representatives shall join, be a 
Committee to Confer upon the Subject Matter of the Petition of John How of 
Framingham, within the County of Middlesex. Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and Concurr'd. And, 

Ordered, Elisha Cooke, Esq; Mr. Thomas Turner, Daniel Parker, and Samuel 
Thaxter, be a Committee for the said Affair. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to An Act, Intituled, An Act for the Punish- 
ing Criminal Offenders. Read a Second time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Promoting and Encouraging of Children and 
Servants in the Principles of Christianity. Read a 3d time, and pass'd to be 

Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to An Act, Intituled, An Act providing in 
case of Sickness. Read a 3d time, And pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Col. Benjamin Church, Presented to the House and Read, Pray- 
ing that Arrears of Pay which he thinks due to him for his Service in the late Wars 
against the Indians, may be paid to him. 



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And the Question being put, Whether the House is of Opinion, That there is any 
thing due to the Petitioner ? 

It pass'd in the Negative, Nemine Contradicente. 

A Petition of John Pierce and John Tidd in behalf of the Town of Woburn, Pre- 
sented to the House and Read, Praying they may be allowed to lay out Two 
Thousand Acres of Land in some place in the Province, not yet appropriated, 
which was Granted to the said Town in October 1664, but not yet taken up. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Sarah How, and Six others, the Mother and Brethren of Elisha 
How of Sudbury, a Distracted Person, Praying that John How of Framingham, 
Brother of the said Distracted Person, may be Constituted the Guardian of his 
Person and Estate. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council, 
November 27. 1 71 6. Read and Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be 
Granted, and that John How of Framingham, in the County of Middlesex, be and 
hereby is Constituted, and Appointed Guardian unto his Brother Elisha How, 
the Distracted Person within mentioned, the said John How giving Bond to the 
Judge of Probate of Wills, &c. within the County aforesaid, as the Law in such 
case provides. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

Whereas it is Enacted in the Act Intituled, An Act for Granting unto His Maj- 
esty several Rates and Duties of Impost and Tunnage of Shipping, viz. 

'That if the Commissioner or Receiver shall suspect that any Merchant, Factor 
'or other Person, to whom any Wines, Liquors, Goods or Merchandizes comes 
' Consigned, does not in the Entry or Writing thereof to be given under his Hand, 
' as aforesaid, make a full and perfect Entry of such Wines, Liquors, Goods and 
'Merchandizes, or that the Invoices thereof produced and shewn by any Person 
'or Persons, as by this Act is directed, are not really and bona fide, the Original 
'Invoices of the Wines, Liquors, Goods and Merchandizes such Person or Persons 
'should then Enter. In every such case, the Commissioner or Receiver is hereby 
'Ordered and Directed not to admit such Person or Persons to any Entry of the 
'said Wines, Liquors, Goods or Merchandizes, until he or they shall have made 
'Oath to the Truth of said Writing or Invoice, by him or them presented, as afore- 
'said. — 

Whereby the Commissioner is laid under the Hardship of suspecting, and so 
offending all such Persons as he shall Administer an Oath to, as aforesaid, 

Resolved, That the said Commissioner be and hereby is directed and impowered 
to Administer such Oath to every Person and Persons whatsoever, before he ad- 
mit him or them to any Entry. Any Law, Usage or Custom to the contrary not- 
withstanding. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Daniel Bartlet, Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. 
in Council, Novemb. 28th. Upon a Hearing on this Petition the 24th Currant. 



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Ordered, That the Petitioner Daniel Bartlet, be allowed a new Tryal at the Su- 
periour Court next to be holden at Bristol, for and within the County of Bristol, 
and that the Petitioners Council prepare a Bill accordingly. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Relief o/Rebeckah Freeman Widow, Executrix to 
Thomas Freeman, &c. Read 3 times. And the Question being put, 

Whether the Bill shall pass to be Engross' 'd ? It pass'd in the Negative. 

3, $ogt St^eritiiem. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the more effectual preventing Default in the Appear- 
ance of Jurors. Sent down from the Board, Concurr'd with Amendments, whereof 
Part was agreed to by the House, and the Bill sent up again. 

The Report of the Committee of both Houses upon that Paragraph of His Ex- 
cellency's Speech which relates to a Medium of Exchange in Trade, Read again, 
and accepted by the House with some Alterations. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

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VOTES of the House of Representatives. 

^obte 29, 2Die i^otoem&ris?, 17 16, 

THe Petition of the Town of Hatfield, which was referr'd in December last to 
a Committee. Read. 

Inasmuch as the Committee to whom this Petition was referred in December last 
have laps' 'd their time, and made no Report. 

Ordered, That the Hon. John Pynchon, and John Ashley Esqrs, and Lieut. John 
Mirick, be a Committee to whom this Petition is referr'd, to Consider the Subject 
Matter and Allegations thereof, and make Report what they think proper to be 
done thereon, at the Sessions of this Court in May next. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for the more effectual preventing Default in 
the Appearance of Jurors. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

The Committee to whom the Lists of the Rateable Estates, return'd by the 
several Towns were Committed, Reported, That the said Lists are returned in 
very different Forms, so as not fully to answer the Design of the Law that re- 
quir'd them; and some Towns have return'd none, that they could not proceed 
as they were Ordered, to Proportion the several Towns to a Tax of a Thousand 
Pounds. 

Ordered, That a proper Form of such Lists be Prepared, Printed; and Copies of 
them sent to each Town of the Province, that they may all make uniform Re- 
turns, pursuant to the Act made in the last May Sessions. That Mr. Payne, Col. 
Basset, and Mr. Little, be a Committee to prepare a Draught of such Form, and 
lay it before the House. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Making and Emitting the Sum of One Hundred 
Thousand Pounds in Bills of Credit on this Province, in such Manner as in the said 
Act is hereafter expressed. Read. 

A Draught of a Commission and Instructions for Mr. Agent Dummer, prepar'd 
by a Committee of both Houses. Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, 
viz. In Council, November 29th, 1716. Read and Accepted. 

Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and Concurr'd, with Amendments. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

i®zxizn$ 30. SDie $ofoemfcri0, 17 16. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for settling of Grants. Sent down from the Board, 
Concurr'd with some Amendments, which were Read and Agreed to, and 
the Bill sent up again. 



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A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act, Intituled, An Act for the Punish- 
ing Criminal Offenders. Read a 3d Time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Upon a Motion being made, and the Question being put, Whether the Vote for 
Abating that Clause in Mr. Agent Dummers Instructions, relating to the preventing a 
private Projection of a Medium of Trade, shall be Reconsidered ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Making and Emitting the Sum of One Hundred 
Thousand Pounds in Bills of Credit on this Province in such manner as in the said 
Act is hereafter expressed. Read a 2d Time. 

Mr. Monitor Chapin, and Reed being Absent. 

Ordered, That Col. Basset, and Capt. White, be Monitors, to take Care that the 
Orders of the House be duely Observed. 

Ordered, That the Reverend Mr. Cotton of Sandwich, be Desired to Preach be- 
fore his Excellency and this Court, in the Publick Assembly on the Anniversary 
Day of Election of Counsellors in May next. 

A Petition of Richard Car; Praying as entred the 28th Currant. Further Con- 
sidered, and 

Ordered, That a Hearing be Granted on the said Petition, on the first Fryday of 
the next Sessions of this Court, the Petitioner to serve the Adverse Party with a 
Copy of the Petition. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Samuel Moodey, Presented to the House & Read. Praying, That 
10 or 12 Soldiers in the Publick Pay, may be Allowed to Cover a Settlement, 
which he and others are making at Falmouth, in Casco Bay. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of Thomas Phillips of Boston, Blacksmith, who was wounded in both 
his Legs in the Service against the French at Port-Royall, Anno 1709. whereby he 
is Disabled from following his Trade, to support himself and Family. Praying an 
Annual Pension may be Setled upon him, during Life. 
In answer to the said Petition. 

Resolved, That a Pension, of Four Pounds be Allowed, and Annually Paid out 
of the Publick Treasury to Thomas Phillips the Petitioner during his natural Life. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Honourable Board by the Honourable Samuel Sewall, Ad- 
dington Davenport, Thomas Hutchinson, Samuel Brown, and Thomas Fitch, Esqrs; 
moving the House to Concur an Article in the Instructions to Mr. Agent Dum- 
mer, reported by the Committee which they had not Consented to, for Reasons 
they gave, and withdrew. [ 52 ] 

Voted, That the House do adhere to their former Vote, as to that Article. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the Making and Emitting the Sum of One Hundred 



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Thousand Pounds in Bills of Credit on this Province, in such manner, as in the said 
Act is hereafter Expressed. Read a 3d time. And 

Pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Report of the Committee appointed the 9th Currant, to Consider the Dif- 
ference between the Precincts of Chebacco, and the New Hamlet in Ipswich, &c. 
Sent down from the Board pass'd on there, viz. In Council, Nov. 29th. 1716. 
In Answer to the Petitions of Chebacco, and the Hamlet Precincts of Ipswich. 

Voted, That the Report of the Committee as to the Bounds of Chabacco, be ac- 
cepted, excepting Knights Farm, which is hereby Directed, and Ordered to lie to 
the Hamlet; and that the Meadows and other Lands, lying on each side said Line, 
shall do Duty to that Precinct wherein they lie. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act, Intituled, An Act for the due As- 
size of Bread. Read a 3d time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Joseph Buckminsler, on which there was a Hearing before this 
House the 27th Currant. Read again. And the Memorial of Samuel Sewall, 
John Lever ett, Thomas Fitch Esqrs; and Mr. Daniel Oliver, a Committee of the 
Trustees for the Legacy of Edward Hopkins Esq; Deceased, which was pass'd 
upon in this House, the 25th of June last, Read. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

Whereas the Trustees for the Legacy of Edward Hopkins Esq; Deceased, have de- 
sired to purchase the Lands belonging to the Province, lying in Hopkinston. 

Ordered, That Col. Thaxter, Capt. Noyes, and Capt. Gardner be a Committee to 
Treat with them thereon, and make Report to this House as soon as may be. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the further Continuing of an Act, Intituled, An Act 
concerning Bankrupts, and for the Relief of the Creditors against such Persons as 
shall become Bankrupts. Read a 1st Time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

,£afi&ati i* 2Die 2Deccmbri£, 1716. 

THe Committee appointed yesterday to Treat with the Trustees for the 
Legacy of Edward Hopkins Esq; Deceased, Reported to the House, that 
they had discoursed them on that Affair, who continue their Request that the 
said Lands may be Granted for the same Publick and Pious uses, that the said 
Legacy was Granted, but if they must purchase it they then submitted the Price 
to this Honourable Court. 

Resolved, That all the Province Lands contained within the Bounds of the 
Town of Hopkinston, be freely given and Granted to the Trustees of the Legacy 



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of Edward Hopkins Esq; Deceas'd, and their Successors in that Trust forever, for 
and to the same Good & Pious Uses, Ends and Purposes which that part of Hop- 
kinston called Maguncug was purchased, They giving reasonable Satisfaction to 
Mr. John Francis, for his Grant of One Hundred Acres of Land, which he has 
taken up in the said Township. 

And paying the Town of Framingham their necessary Charge in taking a Plat 
of the said Lands, pursuant to a Vote of this Court. 

Provided, That this Grant shall intrench upon no former Grant or Grants. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the further continuing of An Act, Intituled, An Act 
concerning Bankrupts, and for the relief of the Creditors, against such Persons as 
shall become Bankrupts. Read a 2d time. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act in Addition to An Act, for the orderly con- 
summating of Marriages. Read, and, 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act in Addition to An Act Intituled, An Act for 
the Punishing Criminal Offenders. Read, and, 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act for Selling of Grants. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Petition of Mercy & Thomas Verien, praying as entred the 22d of June last. 
Read and Committed. 

A Petition of Hannah Wright, Executrix to the last Will & Testament of her 
late Husband Thomas Platts late of Boston, Butcher, Deceas'd, Presented to the 
House, and Read, praying that a Slaughter House in the said Town, which was 
her said late Husbands, may be Sold to redeem a Pasture that he in his Life time 
had Mortgaged. And to pay some other Debts. 

A Petition of Pain Mayhew, Town Clerk of the Town of Chilmark, by order of 
the said Town, praying That all the Lands upon Martha's Vineyard, lying to the 
Westward of the said Town, may be added, and annexed to it, together with an 
Island called, No Mans Land. Sent down from the Board, passed upon there, viz. 
In Council, Novemb. 30. Read and Resolved, That the Prayer of the Petition be 
Granted, alwayes provided, That it Extend not to, or take in any part of the Gay- 
Head Neck, upon the Island of Martha's Vineyard. Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and Concurr'd. 

The Committee appointed to prepare a Form of a List to be sent to the several 
Towns wherein to Return an Account of their Polls, and Rateable Estates. Pre- 
sented the same to the House, which was not Accepted. 

Ordered, That the further Consideration of the Lists of Polls and Estates, re- 
turn'd from the several Towns be referred to the next Session of this Court. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for the Making and Emitting the Sum of One Hundred 



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Thousand Pounds, in Bills of Credit on this Province, in such manner, as in the said 
Act is hereafter expressed. Brought down from the Board by the Honourable Sam- 
uel Sezvall, Edward Bromfield, John Gushing, Nathanael Pain, Benjamin Lynde, 
and Addington Davenport, Esqrs; with a Message that the Honourable Board had 
Concurr'd the said Bill, with an Amendment, the said Amendment Read and 
Agreed to by the House. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next three a Clock in the Afternoon. 

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f^rotoime of tfje &9a&E?acf)ugctt£k2£ap. 

VOTES 

of the House of Representatives. 

Xunse 3, SDie Decemforig, 171 6, 

A Vote of the Honourable Board, impowering the Committee of Worcester, 
to constitute some Person to Collect Taxes there, & to vest such Collectors 
with Power to do it. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

The Petition of Mary and Thomas Verien, Committed the First Currant, fur- 
ther considered, and the Report of the Committee thereon, Read and accepted by 
the House, and accordingly, 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, and the Petitioners Coun- 
cil prepare a Bill accordingly. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomas Tilestone, Oliver Wiswell, and Samuel Paul, in behalf of 
the Town of Dorchester, presented to the House and Read, praying that One 
Thousand Acres of Land, laid out between the Towns of Sutton and Hopkinston, 
for the use of the Free-School in Dorchester, may be confirmed to the said Town 
for the said use. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

An Account of the Time and Expences of the Committee appointed to join 
with the Committee of Rhode-Island Government, to finish the Running of the 
Line between that and this Government, Dated May 16. 1716. and Sign'd Na- 
thanael Pain, amounting to the sum of /. 11 7. s. presented to the House for Al- 
lowance and Payment. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Eleven Pounds & Seven Shillings, be allowed and 
paid out of the Publick Treasury to the Hon. Nathanael Pain, Esq; to discharge 
the said Accompt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Ruby, and 14 others, Prisoners in His Majesties Goal in 
Boston, presented to the House and Read, praying that some Provision may be 
made, That they may be supplied with Firing. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be and hereby is directed and impowered, to issue 
forth and Emit of the Bills of Publick Credit, received into the Treasury, the Sum 
of Six Thousand Pounds, for payment of the Publick Debts of the Province al- 
ready contracted, for the Defence and Support of the Government, and the neces- 
sary protection and preservation of the Inhabitants of this Province, and for the 
subsisting of Forts or Garrisons, and Wages arising for their Service, for pay- 
ments of Grants, Salaries and Allowances, made or to be made by this Court, ac- 
cording to such Draughts as from time to time, shall be made upon him by War- 



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rant or Order of the Governour or Commander in Chief for the time being, and by 
and with the Advice and Consent of the Council. And the said Bills shall pass out 
of the Treasury, at the value therein expressed, equivalent to Money, and shall 
be taken and accepted in all Publick Payments at the advance, and after the Rate 
of Five Pounds per Cent more. And as a Fund and Security for the same, there 
be, and hereby is Granted to His Most Excellent Majesty, to the Ends and Uses 
as aforesaid, a Tax of Six Thousand Pounds to be Levied on Polls and Estates 
both Real and Personal within this Province according to such Rules, and in such 
Proportion upon the several Towns and Districts within the same, as shall be 
agreed on and ordered, by the Great and General Court or Assembly of this 
Province at their Session in May, Anno 1719. and Paid into the Treasury on or 
before the last Day of December next after. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the further continuing of, and in Addition to, An Act, 
Intituled, An Act concerning Bankrupts, and for the relief of Creditors against such 
Persons as shall become Bankrupt. Read a Third time, And pass'd to 

be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Draught of further Instructions to Mr. Agent Dummer. Sent down from 
the Honourable Board, pass'd upon there, viz. December 3. 1716. viz Read and 
Voted, That [ 54 ] the aforegoing be Additional Instructions to Mr. Agent 
Dummer. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

The House proceeded to Vote Commissioners for the several Counties to Let 
out /. 100000, of Bills of Publick Credit, pursuant to the Bill, passed this Session 
to be Engross'd. A List whereof was drawn, and Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That the Sheriff of the County of Suffolk, be directed to take care 
from time to time, to Transmit the Acts made, and passed by this Court, to the 
several Towns of the said County, And to the Sheriffs of all the other Counties, in 
this Province. Who are also hereby directed to take care to Transmit them to the 
several Towns of their respective Counties. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

St^artig 4* 2Dte 2Decemfcri£, 1716, 

THe Committee appointed to consider of the Laws relating to Fees, &c. 
Brought in their Report, which was Read, viz Having considered the same, 
and more particularly the Act made at May Sessions, in the First Year of His 
Majesties Reign, 1715. being An Act in Addition to An Act for Regulating Fees, 
are of Opinion, that the said Act was not made to inlarge Officers Fees, or to state 
any new Fees, to either the Secretary or Clerks for any Service proper or usual 
for them to do, in their respective Offices, without pay. But that the intent of the 
said Act was to restrain them from taking excessive Fees, for any such things as 
should be by them entred, Registred and Copied, for particular Persons. 



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And we are also of Opinion that the Fee stated in the Secretaries Fees, for every 
Petition to the Governour and Council, or General Assembly, according to the 
Import from Two £s? Six Pence, to Ten Shillings, must be meant and intented 
only such Petitions as are first given in to the Board or upper House, And that 
the Law be so explained accordingly. 

An Accompt of Fees, charg'd to the Province by Mr. Deputy Secretary, 
amounting to the Sum of /. 15 5 s. 6 d. Sent down from the Honourable Board. 
Read. 

And a Report of a Committee of the Board upon the said Accompt, that was 
sent down therewith. Read. 

Ordered, That the Committee that made the last Bills of Credit on this Prov- 
ince be directed to make One Hundred Thousand Pounds more of the said Bills, 
with as much Expedition as may be, and when and so often as they shall have 
perfected the Sum of Twenty Five Thousand Pounds of said Bills, they shall de- 
liver them to the Commissioners appointed in the several Counties to Let out the 
same in proportion as directed by An Act passed this Session, taking the Receipt 
of each one of the respective Commissioners for the same, the Committee to be 
paid for making the Bills, as for the last they made. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds be allowed and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury to His Excellency Samuel Shute, Esq; Captain, General and 
Governour in Chief of this His Majesty's Province, for his Support in managing 
the Affairs of the Government. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be directed to purchase good Bills of Exchange 
for Three Hundred Pounds Sterling, to be paid to Mr. Jeremiah Dummer in Lon- 
don, Agent for this Province, further to Enable him, to Negotiate the Affairs 
thereof. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be directed to purchase good Bills of Exchange 
for One Hundred Pounds Sterling, to be paid to Mr. Jeremiah Dummer in London, 
Agent for this Province, in Consideration of his past good Services. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

But before the said Resolve was sent up, 

A Motion was made, and the Question put, That it should be inserted therein, 
in full for his past Services? And it pass'd in the Negative. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds be further allowed and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury to Mr. John White, Clerk of this House for his Service in the 
Year Currant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Mr. John Flagg, Door-keeper to His Excellency the Governour, 
the Honourable Council, and this House, for his Service half a Year, ending the 
26th Currant, and the further Sum of Fifty Three Shillings, for the Care & Charge 
upon the Clocks belonging to the Court. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 55 ] 



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An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for the Making and Emitting the Sum of 
One Hundred Thousand Pounds, in Bills of Credit on this Province, in such Manner 
as in the said Act is hereafter expressed. Read and Pass'd to be Enacted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Accompt of Writing done for this House by Mr. Joseph Marion, amount- 
ing to the Sum of /. 8 9 s. 6 d. Presented to the House for Payment, Read and 

Resolved, That the Sum of Eight Pounds, Nine Shillings, and Six Pence, be al- 
lowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. Joseph Marion, to Discharge 
the said Accompt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Accompt of Writing done for this House by Mr. Benjamin Rolf, amounting 
to the Sum of Two Pounds, Seventeen Shillings, Presented to the House for Pay- 
ment. Read and 

Resolved, That the Sum of Two Pounds and Seventeen Shillings, be allowed and 
paid out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. Benjamin Rolf, to discharge the said Ac- 
compt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That Elisha Cooke, and Thomas Newton Esqs; be a Committee to pre- 
pare a Form of a Mortgage, proper for the Letting out the Hundred Thousand 
Pounds of Bills upon, pursuant to an Act passed by this Court, this Session, and 
to obtain a sufficient Number of them for the occasion, Printed at the Publick 
Charge, and sent to the several Counties. Sent up for Concurrence. 

3. $ogt S^critiiem. 

A Memorial of Paul Dudley Esq; Attorney General, presented to the House 
and Read, Shewing, That it is Three Years since he had any consideration for his 
Service in that Office, and moving that allowance may now be made. 

And the Question being put, Whether any Sum be Granted in Answer thereto ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Thirty & Three Pounds be allowed and paid out of 

the Publick Treasury to the Executors of the last Will and Testament of Peter 

Sergeant Esq; deceased, to purchase the Hangings of Two Rooms, and Two large 

Looking Glasses, remaining in the House which this Province purchased of them. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Vote of this House pass'd this Day, for a Committee to prepare a Form of 
a Mortgage, t$c. Sent down from the Board, Concurr'd, And that Paul Dudley 
Esq; His Majesty's Attorney General be of the Committee for the Affair above- 
said. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-Concurr'd. 

A Message to His Excellency the Governour by Col. Basset, Col. Thaxter, and 
Major Stoddard, That the House have no Business lying before them, and desire 
if it may be, now to rise. 

A Message from His Excellency the Governour by Samuel Sewall, Addingtcn 



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Davenport, and Thomas Fitch, Esqrs; whether he may expect any Answer this 
Session, to such Paragraphs in his Speech as are not yet answered. 

Voted, That a Message be sent up to his Excellency the Governour, That the 
House have acted so far as they apprehend proper and necessary in that Affair 
this Session, this Court having lately made an Act for the preservation of the 
Pine Trees & other Timber. Sent up by Mr. Cooke, Capt. Noyes, Col. Thaxter, 
Mr. Anthony Stoddard, Col. Goffe, Col. Basset, and Col. Somersby. 

The Petition of John How, upon which the Hon. Board, pass'd a Vote the 24th 
of the last Month, and this House pass'd a Vote Non-Concurring therewith,^, 
the 26th of the last Month. Sent down from the Board further pass'd upon, viz. 
In Council, December 4. The Question being put, Whether the Council adhere to 
their former Vote on this Petition ? It pass'd in the Affirmative. 
Sent down for Concurrence. 

And the Question being put, Whether the House adhere to their former Vote? 
It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

The Petition of Joseph Anger, &c. upon which the Hon. Board pass'd a Vote 
the 26th of last Month. And this House pass'd a Vote Non-Concurring therewith, 
fjc. on the 27th of last Month, Sent down from the Board further pass'd upon, 
viz. In Council, December 4. The Question being put, Whether the Council adhere to 
their former Vote on this Petition ? It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

And the Question being put, Whether this House adhere to their former Vote? 
It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

A Message from His Excellency the Governour by Joseph Lynde Esq; that this 
House do now attend him in the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up, and His Excellency Prorogu'd the Court 
to Wednesday the Twentieth Day of February next, Ten a Clock in the Forenoon. 

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JOURNAL 

Of the HOUSE of 

Representatives. 



At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in jlieto^ttglanD, begun & held at 315O0tOn, upon Wednes- 
day the 30th Day of StifaVi &nitO SDOtmm, 1716. And continued by Proro- 
gations to Wednesday the 10th Day of &pfil next after, and then Met. 

A Message from His Excellency the Governour by Eliakim Hutchinson 
Esq; That this House forthwith attend him in the Council Chamber. 
Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and His Excel- 
lency made a Speech to the Court, and gave a Copy thereof to Mr. Speaker, who 
with the House returned to their own Chamber. 
His Excellency's Speech Read, and is as follows, viz. 

GENTLEMEN, 

AT our last Meeting I was Assured by the Votes of the Lower House, That my 
Speech should be answered, Paragraph by Paragraph, which not having been 
as yet comply'd with, I was willing to give you an other Opportunity, that so I might 
send the Minutes of the Last Sessions to Great Britain compleat; which I am sure will 
be very much for the Service of this Country. 

I have promised you my best endeavours to watch against every thing that may be 
hurtful to this Province, and therefore must acquaint you with a very Momentous Af- 
fair; which if we don't quickly arm against, will bring a Swarm of evils upon the 
Massachusetts, and must in the end point to its Destruction : I mean the Intolerable 
Discount upon your Paper Money, which is the more surprizing because these Bills 
are supported with double their value upon Land Security. 

I own some part of this Community can fence against this evil, and ward it off from 
themselves, by advancing their Commodities : but the other part must unavoidably suf- 
fer. All Rents must fall of consequence, and what will your Ministers do, who are 
highly Worthy of their Salaries, how heavy will it fall upon them and their Families, 
when what they are paid in grows Low in Value ; and their necessaries for Life are 
daily advancing? 

I do therefore earnestly Recommend this to your serious Consideration, and make 
no doubt but every Person who is a Lover of his Country, will set his Head at work to 



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find out some expedient to stop this Deluge ; and am sure that they who are so happy to 
fix their Dam against it, will well deserve the Name of true Patriots. 
Gentlemen of the House of Representatives, 
/ shall conclude by Recommending Unanimity and Dispatch in this Session, be- 
cause I believe, the Season of the Year will require you to be at home, to attend your 
own Private Affairs. 

3, $o£t ®£eri&iem. 

Ordered, That the House now proceed to a further Consideration of His Excel- 
lency's Speech to this Court, at the beginning of the last Sessions. 
The said Speech Read, and 

Ordered, That Antony Stoddard Esq; Mr. Daniel Rogers, Samuel Thaxter, and 
Daniel Parker Esqrs, and Air. Thomas Turner, be a Committee to consider and re- 
port what they think proper for the House further to do thereon. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 58 ] 

^Potote, ii* SDie &jmlig 17 17* 2L &$♦ 

A Petition of 105 Persons Inhabitants of the Towns of Dorchester, Brantrey 
and Milton, presented to the House and Read, praying that a Hospital for 
the Entertainment of Infectious Persons may not be Erected on Squntum Neck 
in Dorchester aforesaid, as has been proposed in the Report of a Committee, for 
reasons therein alledg'd. 

Ordered, That Adam Winthrop, William Payne, Samuel Thaxter, and Jonathan 
Dowse Esqrs; be a Committee to find out and agree for a more suitable place, for 
the Building of a Hospital, That it may be Erected with all convenient speed. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
Ordered, That Oliver Noyes, Elisha Cooke, William Payne, Charles Chambers, 
and Samuel Thaxter, Esqrs; with such as the Honourable Board shall join, be a 
Committee in the recess of this Court, to consider that part of His Excellency's 
Speech, which relates to the Discount upon the Bills of Publick Credit; and re- 
port such Expedients as they think will be most effectual to preserve and main- 
tain the Credit and Value of the said Bills, at the Sessions in May next. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

3. $ogt S^eritiiem. 

Ordered, That Mr. William Denison be added to the Committee appointed to 
consider His Excellency's Speech at the last Sessions,^. 

Mr. Stoddard from the Committee appointed further to consider His Excel- 



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lency's Speech at the last Sessions, brought in their Report, which was Read and 
Accepted by the House, and accordingly, 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to His Excellency the Governour, 

That upon a further Consideration of His Excellency's Speech to this Court at 
the beginning of the last Sessions, the House are humbly of Opinion. 

That Considering the low Circumstances of this Province, and the heavy Debts 
that are upon it; that His Majesty's Subjects here are not able to come into so 
great a Charge, as the Rebuilding the Fort at Pemaquid would be. And that in 
case of a Rupture, a Fortification there, would be no great security to the Lives 
and Estates of His Majesty's Subjects here: as our past Experience hath abun- 
dantly convinced us, by reason that Pemaquid is at so great a distance from our 
English Settlements. But that at all times what shall be necessary for the De- 
fence and Preservation of the Government here, We, as Good and Loyal Sub- 
jects, shall readily and chearfully comply with. 

That considering our Constitution, it will not be for His Majesty's Service, nor 
for the Good and Advantage of His Subjects here, to have fixt and stated Sala- 
ries; but that we shall very readily do, according to our Ability, what shall be 
proper and necessary for the Support of His Majesty's Government over us. 

That this Court at their last Session did fully consider of what His Excellency 
said, relating to the Preservation of the Pine Trees. And were then, and still are, 
humbly of Opinion, That they are secured, both by a late Law for their Preserva- 
tion, as well as by the Interest of all with whom they grow; their Value being 
many times more, when improved for Masts, than in any other way. 

A Message from the Board by Andrew Belcher and Adam. Winthrop Esqrs; That 
the time for which Ten Soldiers were Posted at Northfield, being Expired, His Ex- 
cellency and Council on the 13th of March last, did upon Application made to 
them; That there was a necessity of their being further continued, Order their 
Continuance till this Session; and now Propose it to the House, to consider what 
is further proper to be done therein. 

Voted, That Ten Soldiers be allowed and continued in the Publick Pay for the 
covering and encouraging of the Settlement at the Town of Northfield, until the 
Session of this Court in May next. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Pickering and 217 others, Inhabitants of the Town of Salem, 
presented to the House and Read, praying an Explanation of the Law relating to 
the Division of Common Lands in Towns. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 59 1 



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Benerig 12. Me gprili£ 1717* SU &£♦ 

A Bill Intituled, ^w y^rt /or ^A<? bringing forward all Writts, Pleas, and other 
Process which were to have been heard and tryed at the General Sessions of the 
Peace, and Inferiour Court of Common Pleas, respectively, at their Sessions on the 
first Tuesday of March, 1716, unto the Court or General Sessions of the Peace, and 
Inferiour Court of Common Pleas, to be holden at Plymouth on the Third Tuesday of 
June 1717. Read Three several Times, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

Inasmuch as His Excellency the Governour, did at the First Opening of the last Ses- 
sions, declare that he came with the utmost Resolution, to study the true Interest of this 
Province, and hath now by his reiterated Promise given us firm Assurance, That he 
will use his best Endeavours, to watch against any thing that may be hurtful to us. 
Which Promises and Assurances are very grateful and acceptable to this House. 
In Consideration whereof: 
Ordered, That the Sum of Three Hundred Pounds, be presented and paid out of 
the Publick Treasury to His Excellency the Governour. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Select-Men of each Town, whose Valuation of the Estates 
to be Mortgaged shall be required, pursuant to an Act, Intituled, "An Act for the 
" making and emitting the Sum of One Hundred Thousand Pounds, in Bills of Credit 
"on this Province, in such Manner as in the said Act is hereafter expressed, shall be- 
fore their making such Valuation, be Sworn, That they will faithfully and im- 
partially Certify the Value of such Lands, as shall be from time to time desired of 
them, according to the best of their Understanding, Skill and Discretion, without 
any Fraud or Deceit whatsoever; which Oath may be administred by any Justice 
of the Peace, and by the Town-Clerk, in such Towns where there is no Justice. 
And the Select-Men are directed to seal up their Valuation, and so deliver it to 
the Party that desires it. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Mr. Payne offered to the House, his Accompt of the Charge of sending the Acts 
for Excise, and for the emitting the Sum of 100000 /. pursuant to Order of this 
House, amounting to the Sum of Ten Pounds Ten Shillings, for Allowance and 
Payment. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Ten Pounds and Ten Shillings, be allowed and paid 
out of the Publick Treasury, to Mr. William Payne, to discharge the said Ac- 
compt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for the bringing forward all Writts, Pleas, and other 
Process, which were to have been heard and tryed, at the General Sessions of the 
Peace, and Inferior Court of Common Pleas respectively, at their Sessions on the 
first Tuesday of March, 1716. Unto the Court of General Sessions of the Peace, and 



Journal of the House of Representatives 173 

Inferior Court of Common Pleas to be holden at Plymouth, on the third Tuesday of 
June, 1 71 7. Sent down from the Board, Concurr'd with some Amendments; 
which were Read and Agreed to by the House, and sent up. 

The Report of the Committee appointed the last Session, to investigate and 
settle the Bound-Marks between the Towns of Stow and Concord: Offered to the 
House and Read, being Sign'd, 

Samuel Thaxter, 
John Gardner, 
Joseph Bur nap. 

Ordered, That the said Report be accepted, and that the Bounds between the 
Towns of Concord and Stow, be, and remain Settled and Established accordingly. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Oliver Noyes and Daniel Parker Esqrs; De- 
siring that the Business of the Court may be Expedited, that the Session may end 
as soon as possible. 

Who return'd, That His Excellency said, It should be done. 

The Report of John Appleton, Benjamin Lynde, and John Burril Esqrs, a Com- 
mittee appointed by this Court the Tenth Day of February, 1 71 3. to report the 
most convenient Place for the Erecting a Meeting-House for the Publick Worship 
of God in the New Precinct, in the North Part of Reading. Sent down from the 
Board, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, April 12. 171 7. Read and Accepted. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Plat of the Lands lying between the Towns of Lancaster, Sutton, Marlborough, 
Worcester, Hassanamisco, and BrigharrCs Farm, taken by David Haynes Surveyor; 
Presented to the House; and a Petition of Hopestill Brown, Joshua Haynes, John 
Brigham, Edward Goddard, and Abiel Bush; Presented to the House and Read, 
Praying, that the said Lands may be Granted to them and their Associates, and 
be constituted a Township. And a Petition of Peter Smith, John Smith, Ann Wil- 
liams, and Alice Smith, the Children and Heirs of John Smith Deceas'd, by Wig- 
glesworth Sweetser their Attorney, Presented to the House and Read, Praying, 
That a full and effectual Saving may be made for their Right and Interest in 
Lands contained in the said Plat, if this Court shall see meet to Grant a Township 
there. [ 60 ] 

Ordered, That the said Petitions and Plat, be referred to the Session of this 
Court in May next, for further Consideration. 

3, $ogt a$ert&iem. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for bringing forward all Writts, Pleas £s? 
other Process, which were to have been heard and tryed, at the General Sessions of the 
Peace and Inferiour Court of Common Pleas respectively at their Sessions on the first 



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Tuesday of March 1716. Unto the Court of General Sessions of the Peace and Infe- 
riour Court of Common Pleas to be holden at Plymouth, on the third Tuesday of June, 
1717. Read, and pass'd to be Enacted. 

The Resolve of this House pass'd this Day, for Select-Men to be under Oath, 
&c. Sent down from the Board, Concurr'd with an Amendment; which was 
Read, but not Agreed; and sent up again. 

A Message from His Excellency the Governour, by Adam Winthrop Esq; That 
this House forthwith attend him in the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly; and His Excellency spake to 
the Court as follows, viz. 

GENTLEMEN, 

I Am glad my Assurances and Promises to do my utmost to serve this Province, 
have been Acceptable; and I do again repeat ''em. 

I thank you for what was done towards my Support in the last Sessions, and for the 
Present you have now made me, which will help in defraying the Charge of my Trans- 
portation. 

The Business of the Sessions being ended, the Annual Election approaching, and 
the Season of the Year advancing ; I believe every Body, will be willing to be at home : 
I therefore Dismiss and Dissolve this Assembly; and hope upon your Return to your 
respective Counties, you will endeavour to do every thing, that may be for His Maj- 
esty's Service and the Good of your Country. 

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A 

SPEECH 

Made unto His EXCELLENCY, 

Samuel Shute, Esq; 

Captain General and GOVERNOUR in Chief, in and over the Province 
of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. 

By the REVEREND, 

D R Cotton jfEatfjer* 

Attended with the M I N I S T E R S of the Massachusetts-Province, 

SINCE Your EXCELLENCYS Happy Arrival to us, This is the First Op- 
portunity of an Annual and General CONVENTION, which the Minis- 
ters of the Gospel in this Province could Enjoy, to Express our grateful 
Sense of the Happiness, which we have therein received. 

An Happiness whereinto we have been indeed most agreeably Surprized, by the 
Providence of our Glorious LORD, who has with most Remarkable Circum- 
stances herein testified His Tender Care of His Flocks in the Wilderness. 

But this Delay of a Duty, whereto we had the most Early as well as the most 
Hearty Dispositions, has only Enabled us now to Speak with Experience, what 
we could before have Spoken only with Expectation; and to say, The One Half has 
not been told us. 

Your EXCELLENCY having honourably spent your Younger Years in the 
Armies which bravely fought for the Glorious Cause of Rescuing the Liberties of 
Europe and of Mankind, from the Chains which the most famous of all Tyrants 
designed for them, does not now wear your Laurels in an Unserviceable Retire- 
ment; But you have been generously Willing to devote your later Years, to the 
Publick Service in a Care for the Good of Others. And our Gracious GOD has 
ordered it, that This His People shall have the Felicity of being made the Ob- 
jects, whom your Care shall be employed upon. 

Fcelices nimium sua si bona norint. 



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Most Refreshing, Most Obliging, have been the Rays of the Royal Favour, 
which the Best of Kings, our most Rightful and Lawful King GEORGE, has 
darted upon His most Loyal Subjects in these Plantations. 

But with none have we been more affected, than with what His Great Wisdom 
and Goodness has done, in the Grant of His Royal Commission unto your EX- 
CELLENCY, to become our Captain-General and Governour. A GOVER- 
NOUR in whom we shall have a bright Image of His Own Royal Vertues, and 
shall see a Steady pursuit of His Interests and Intentions. [ 2 ] 

Your EXCELLENCY has now the Government of a People, whom we can 
Recommend unto your most favourable Aspect under many considerations. But 
there is One Recommendation too Endearing to be left unmentioned; which is, 
That we know not of so much as One Man in all our Churches who is not Sin- 
cerely and Zealously affected unto His Majesty, and the Illustrious House of 
Hanover. 

And indeed, What other can be Expected from Churches, which have the True 
Protestant Religion in the proper Points of it, whereof GOD has made our King 
such a Glorious Defender, So Entirely Embraced, so constantly Maintained, and 
after such an Exemplary manner flourishing in them! 

While our Churches are not built on any Foundations, but the Maxims of the 
Everlasting Gospel Plainly Exhibited in the SACRED SCRIPTURES, and know 
no Terms of Communion, but the Indisputable Points of that Solid PIETY, 
wherein all Good Men are United, We assure our selves, That your Excellency, 
who have no Partiality for Little Parties in Religion, will count them worthy of 
your Protection, and will commend them unto the Royal Favour on all Occa- 
sions. 

The Ministers of the Gospel, whose whole Business it is, to instil the Principles 
of Piety, of Honesty, of Charity, and of Loyalty into their People, are deeply 
sensible of the Obligations they have unto your Excellency, in that they feel the 
Effects of your Concern to have them duely Encouraged in faithfully prosecuting 
the Glorious ENDS of their Ministry. 

And we promise our selves, that while your Incomparable BROTHER is a 
Patron of so much consequence unto our United Brethren on the other side of the 
Atlantick, Your EXCELLENCY will vouchsafe us our part in your most auspi- 
cious Patronage. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 177 

We shall make it our Prayer to our GOD, that He who formerly carried you 
thro' the Hardships and Hazards of the Camp, and Covered your Head in the 
Days of Battel, will now grant you all the Quiet and Comfort of an Easy Govern- 
ment; and at Last the Endless Joy, which will be the End of a Faithful Steward- 
ship. 

His Excellency's ANSWER. 

Gentlemen, 

I Take this Address very kindly, and especially because it comes from a Great and 
Good Body of Men for whom I have always had a great Esteem, and this will in- 
crease it. You may be always assur'd of My Friendship and Protection, and I shall 
take Care that the KING My Master may be Acquainted how Entirely Loyal the 
Ministers of the Gospel in New-England are, and how deserving of His Majesty's 
favours. 

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JOURNAL 

Of the HOUSE of 

Representatives. 



At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in jl5CiD;(H;nglanD, begun & held atHBOStOtl, upon Wednes- 
day the 29th Day of $pa^ &nno SDomim, 1717. 

ELiakim Hutchinson & Edward Bromfield Esqrs; came down from the Coun- 
cil Chamber, and acquainted the House, That they were Appointed and 
Authorized by His Excellency the Governour, that this House should 
take the Oaths, Make, Repeat and Subscribe the Declaration, Take and Sub- 
scribe the Oath of Abjuration (as by the Royal Charter of this Province is di- 
rected) before them; which being done by all the Members present, they withdrew. 
The Names of the Persons Returned to Serve for, and Represent the several 
Towns, are as follows, Viz. 

( Edw. Hutchinson Esq ; 



_ I Capt. Tos.Wadsworth 

£ ° S ' "> i Mr. Isaiah Toy 

[ Capt Habijah Savage 
Roxbury, William Denison Esq; 
Dorchester, Mr. Hopestil Clap 
Hingham, Samuel Thaxter Esq; 
Brantrey, Maj. John Quincey 
Dedham, Mr. John Fuller 
Medfield, Mr. Henry Adams 
Weymouth, Capt. John Hunt 
Milton, Mr. John Wadsworth 
Wrentham, Mr. Ebenezer Fisher 
Mcndon, Josiah Chapin Esq; 
Brook/in, Mr. Josiah Winchester 
Woodstock, John Chandler, Esq; 
Needham, 

Salem, ■ 
Ipsiuich 



Mr. Timothy Lindal 

Capt. Peter Osgood 

John Dennison Esq ; 

Mr. John Appleton 

Lynn, John Bunil Esq ; Speaker 

- T , ( Lt.C. Hen. Somersbv 

Newbury, < , , T »-, 

-" j Mr. James Noyes 

Marblehead, Mr. Rich. Trivet 

Ando-ver, Mr. Nehemiah Abbot 

Beverly, Capt. Joseph Herrick 

Rozu/ey, Capt. Ezekiel Northen 

Salisbury, Mr. William True 

Haverhill, Mr. Amos Singleterry 

Glocesttr, John Newman Esq ; 

Topsfield, Mr. Samuel Howlet 

Boxford, Mr. Joseph Hale 



Wenham, Mr. William Rogers 
Amesbury , Capt. John Foot 
Bradford, Mr. Tho. Kemball 

Manchester, 

Charts- ( Cha. Chambers Esq ; 
town, J Jona. Dows Esq ; 
Cambridge, Jona. Remington Esq ; 
Watertoivn, Capt. Benj. Gearfield 
Concord, Mr. William Wilson 
Woburn, Mr. John Peirce 
Reading, Mr. Joshua Eaton 
Sudbury, Capt. Hopestil Brown 
Marlborough, Thomas How Esq ; 
Neivton, Mr. John Ward 
Maldon, Mr. John Greenland 
Ckclmesford, Mr. Stephen Peirce 
Billericd, Mr. George Browne 
Sherburn, Mr. Wil. Rider 
Groton, Mr. John Shepley 
Lancaster, Mr. John Houghton 
Framingham, Mr. J. Hemmenway 

Medford, 

Lexington, Capt. William Reed 



Weston, Capt. 
St oiv, 



Fran. Fullam 



Springfield, Mr. Joseph Stebbins 
Northampton, Jos. Parsons Esq ; 
Hadley, Samuel Porter Esq ; 
Hatfield, Mr. John Dickinson 
Southfield, Mr. Jacob Adams 
Westfield, Mr. Jos. Mandsley 
Enfield, Capt. Samuel Terry 
Dcerficld, Mr. Thomas Wells 



Plymouth, Isaac Lothrop Esq ; 
Situate, Mr. Thomas Turner 
Bridge-water, Capt. John Field 
Marshfeld, Mr. Anthony Eames 
Duxbury, Lieut. Tho. Loring 
Rochester, Samuel Prince Esq ; 
Pembrook, 



Plimpton, Capt. Wil. Shurtlef 
Middleborough, Mr. Mala. Holloway 
Barnstable, Mr. John Bacon 
Eastham, Mr. John Payne 
Sandwich, Mr. Samuel Jennings 
Yarmouth, Mr. Zech. Paddock jun. 
Harwich, Mr. Chillings W. Foster 
Truro, Mr. Thomas Payne 
Bristol, Capt. Samuel Gallop 
Taunton, Henry Hodges Esq ; 
Dartmouth, Mr. Jona. Delano 
Rehoboth, Mr. Natha. Brown 
Little Comp. Capt. W. Southworth 
Swanzey, John Rogers Esq ; 
Tiverton, Mr. Gershom Woodell 
Attleborough, Mr. David Freeman 
Dighton, Mr. Benjamin Jones 

Norton, , _ 

Freetown, — ■ 

York, Capt. Lewis Bane 

Kittery, Mr. Joseph Hammond 

Wells, Mr. William Sawyer 

Berwick, Capt. Samuel Plaisted 

Edgartown, \ 

Chi/mark, V Benj. Skiff Esq; 

& Tisbury, ) 

Nantucket, Mr. Joseph Coffin. 



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The House proceeded to bring in their Votes for a Speaker, which being Ex- 
amined, it was found that John Burril Esq; was chosen by a major part of the 
House. He was accordingly Conducted to the Chair. 

The House brought in their Votes for a Clerk, which being Examined, it was 
found that Mr. John White was chosed by a major part of the House, and was 
accordingly sent for to the House. 

A Message sent up to the Board, by Edward Hutchinson, Esq; and Capt. Habi- 
jah Savage, and Mr. Joseph Wadsworth, to report to his Excellency the Gover- 
nuor, the Choice the House had made of a Speaker. 

A Message from the Board, by John Higginson, and Isaac Winslow Esqrs, 
That his Excellency Accepts well the Choice, and desires the House to proceed to 
the Business, as expeditiously as may be. [ 2 ] 

The House then prepared their Votes for Eighteen Counsellors, for the late 
Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay. 

Ordered, That Edward Hutchinson Esq; Mr. Timothy Lindall, William Denison 
Esq; Col. Henry Somersby, and Charles Chambers Esq; be a Committee to carry 
up the Votes of this House for Councellors, and assist in Sorting and Numbering 
them, together with the Votes of the Board, and report to the House the Elections 
that shall be made. 

The said Committee carryed up the Votes of the House, for Councellors in the 
late Colony of the Massachusetts-Bay, until that Eighteen were chosen by a major 
part of the Voters. 

Then for the late Colony of New-Plymouth, and return'd, that Four were chosen 
as aforesaid. 

Then for the late Province of Main, and returned, that Three were chosen as 
aforesaid. 

Then for the Territory between Sagadehoc and Nova Scotia, and returned, that 
One was chosen as aforesaid. 

And lastly for Persons dwelling in any part of the Province, and returned, that 
Two were chosen as aforesaid. 

And reported the Names of the Persons chosen to be as follows, viz. 

Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors of Lands in the Territory formerly called the 
Massachusetts-Bay. 

The Honourable William Dummer, Esq ; Wait Winthrop Esq ; Elisha Hutchinson Esq ; 

Samuel Senvall Esq ; Penn Toivnsend Esq ; J"!" 1 Appleton Esq ; 

John Higginson Esq ; Andrew Belcher Esq ; Edward Bromfield Esq ; 

Thomas Noyes Esq ; William Toiler Esq ; Nathanael Norden Esq ; 

Benjamin Lynde Esq ; Addington Davenport Esq ; John Clark Esq ; 

Thomas Hutchinson Esq ; Samuel Broivn Esq ; Thomas Fitch Esq ; 



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Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors of Land within the Territory formerly called 
New-Plymouth, viz. 

Nathaniel Byfitld Esq ; Isaac Window Esq ; John Cashing Esq ; John Otis Esq ; 

Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors of Lands within the Territory formerly called 
the Province of Maine, viz. 

Eliakim Hutchinson Esq ; John Wheelwright Esq ; Adam Winthrop Esq ; 

Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors of Lands lying within the Territorys between 
Sagadehoc and Nova Scotia, viz. 

Elisha Cooke Esq j 

Of the Inhabitants or Proprietors of Lands in any part of the Province. 

Nathanael Paine Esq ; Edmund S^uincey Esq ; 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^otoig 30, 2Die Strait, 17 17. SI. ap. 

ORdered, That Edward Huthinson, Charles Chambers, Jonathan Remington, 
Esqrs, Col. Henry Somersby, and Capt. Peter Osgood wait on His Excel- 
lency the Governour, with the above-written List of the Counsellors or Assistants 
newly chosen for the Year ensuing, for His Excellency's Approbation of the Per- 
sons therein named, to be given in Writing under his Hand. 

The usual Orders of the House Read, and Ordered to be the Orders of the 
House during the Sessions thereof. 

Ordered, That Capt. Chapin, Mr. Wilson, and Capt. Northen, be Monitors of 
the House, to take care that the Orders thereof be duly observed. 

The House proceeded to Examine the Returns of the Precepts, made from the 
several Towns, of the Choice of their Representatives. 
And pass'd thro' the same. 

Samuel Sewall, Penn Townsend, John Appleton, and Addington Davenport, 
Esqrs, brought down the List of Counsellors. Sent up this Day; there being en- 
tered thereon as follows, viz. 

The within Election were duely made by the Council and the Representatives, May 
30. 1717. Joseph Marion, Dep. Seer. 

And by His Excellency the Governour, 

J Consent to this Election of Counsellors. Given under my Hand, the 30th Day of 
May, 1 71 7- SAMUEL SHUTE. 

Ordered, That Col. Thaxter, Mr. Remington, and Mr. Fullam, be a Committee 
to consider the Subject Matter, and Examine the Allegations of the Petitions 
that shall be presented to the House, and report their Opinion thereon, as they 
shall be committed to them. 

Ordered, That Mr. Toy, and Mr. Joseph Wadsworth, return the Thanks of this 



Journal of the House of Representatives 181 

House to the Reverend Mr. Rowland Cotton, for his Sermon Preached before his 
Excellency the Governour and this Court, in the Publick Auditory Yesterday, 
and desire a Copy thereof for the Press. 

A Petition of John Bradford, Jacob Cooke, and Thirty-nine others, Inhabitants 
of that part of the Town of Plymouth near Jones's River, of the Inhabitants of the 
North East part of Plympton, and of the South East part of the Town of Pem- 
brook; Presented to the House and Read, Praying, That a Tract of Land in which 
they dwell, and whereof they exhibited a Plat, may be Erected into a Township 
or Precinct, for their more convenient attending to, and carrying on of the Pub- 
lick Worship of God. [ 3 ] 

A Message from His Excellency the Governour, by Nathanael Pain, and John 
Cushing Esqrs, That this House do attend him in the Council Chamber immedi- 
ately. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and His Excellency made a 
Speech to the Court; whereof Mr. Speaker obtained a Copy, and with the House 
returned to their own Chamber. 

His Excellency's Speech Read, and is as follows, viz. 
Gentlemen, 

WE are now by the favour of GOD arrived to your Anniversary Court of Elec- 
tion, which I perswade my Self is so much the pleasanter to you, by the re- 
moval of some fears that you may have lately had of being deprived of so valuable a 
Privilege. GO D Almighty long continue your Religious and Civil Rights and Liber- 
ties; with Wisdom so to improve them, that they may never be forfeited. And I assure 
you Gentlemen as on my part, that nothing shall be wanting, so I shall always be 
pleas' 'd with Opportunities and Occasions, to secure & advance, your best Interest. 
And therefore if any thing this Sessions may be thought of for the further Service of 
your Religion, Learning, the Peace and Prosperity of the Province in General, the 
advancement of your Trade y Manufactures in special, I shall most sincerely and 
affectionately come into it, and the rather, because I am so commanded by Instruc- 
tions from His Most Excellent Majesty, of whose gracious Protection Sff Favour I may 
adventure to give you the utmost Assurance. 

You cannot have forgot that upon my Arrival, I Congratulated you, upon His 
Majesty's happy deliverance from an unnatural Rebellion at Home, I must now give 
you Joy upon a like gracious and wonderful deliverance from an Intended Invasion 
from Abroad; And which, I hope, will be the last Effort of Wicked and Unreasonable 
Men against Our Most Rightful, Gracious, Soveraign Lord, the KI NG, and His Il- 
lustrious Family, as also against His Most Wise, Just and Happy Government. 

I am also very glad to acquaint you that by Letters from Our Agent, and Others, 
we have great reason to hope that the Parliament of Great Britain are Inclinable, and 
have it actually under consideration, how that part of the Trade of this Country which 
consists of Masts, Boards, Hemp, with other Naval Stores, may be encouraged, and 



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rather at this present Juncture, by reason of the Unjust 13 Surprizing Intended Inva- 
sion from Sweden, which we have lately had the News of. Upon which occasion you 
will do well to consider what may be done by the Government here as to that Matter, It 
being as well for the Service of His Majesty's Navy at Home as the great advancement 
of Our Interest here. 

It was but the Last Sessions that I mentioned the keeping up of the Credit of your 
Publick Bills; and yet, I cannot forbear repeating it now again to you, it being a Mat- 
ter of so great an Importance to the Province. 

Gentlemen of the House of Representatives, 

The Support of the Government in all the Branches of it, being a Matter that more 
particularly belongs to and of right begins with you: I must recommend that in an es- 
pecial Manner to your thought 13 care, not doubting but that you will always make the 
proper 13 necessary Provision, and do it with so much Honour 13 Justice, as that 
there may be no reason to complain. It also appertains to you with great Care 13 Jus- 
tice to examine into all the Publick Debts that are due 13 owing from the Province, and 
see that they be well 13 seasonably discharged. And tho' it be a time of Peace with re- 
spect to our Neighbours the French 13 Indians, yet, considering the uncertainty of its 
continuance, and the Annoyance we have lately had from the worst of Enemy's the 
Pirates that have lately insulted our Coast, you will be of Opinion with me, that it will 
be very proper 13 necessary to put such Fortifications as we have yet remaining into 
some good posture of Defence: And also to have some Effectual Provision in readiness 
to Secure our Sea Coast and Trading Places, from such Danger 13 Violence by the 
way of the Sea. 

Gentlemen, 

I think I have nothing farther in particular to recommend to you, but that you will 
apply your Selves to the business of this Sessions with great calmness i3 moderation, 
diligence 13 unanimity and a single aim at the Publick Good, and give every thing the 
proper Dispatch, that so you may the sooner return to your own private and necessary 
Affairs. 

Ordered, That Edward Hutchison, Samuel Thaxter Esqrs; Capt. Habijah Sav- 
age, Charles Chambers, William Denison, Jonathan Remington Esqrs; Mr. Thomas 
Turner, and Mr. Timothy Lindal, or the major part of them, with such as the 
Honourable Board shall Nominate, be a Committee to receive of the Treasurer 
such Bills of Publick Credit in his keeping, as are Torn, Defaced or unfit for fur- 
ther Service; Take an Account of the Number of each of the sorts of the said Bills, 
and the Sum the whole amounts to, and give the Treasurer receipt for them, and 
Burn the said Bills to Ashes, and make report of their doings to this Court, their 
receipt, to be a Discharge to the Treasurer, equal to what the said Bills would 
have been, if they had continued in his Hands. Sent up for Concurrence. 



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A Petition of Robert Spur, Standfast Foster, and Seventy-five others, Inhab- 
itants of the Town of Dorchester; Presented to the House and Read, Praying, That 
the Proceedings at the Town-Meeting in the said Town in March last, may be de- 
clared null, because the Meeting was not Legally warned. 

A Memorial of Nathanael Glover, John Blake, and Hopestill Humphry, Select- 
Men of Dorchester. 

And a Petition of Samuel Topliff, Samuel Capen, and Seventy-five others of 
the said Town; Presented to the House and Read, Moving, That the Proceedings 
at the said Town-Meeting may be confirmed. 

Ordered, That a Hearing be granted on the said Petitions before this Court, on 
the 7th Day of June next, and that Robert Spur Esq; &c. the aforenamed Peti- 
tioners, serve the Adverse Party with a Copy of this Petition and Order. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomas Knolton, and Jeremiah Buckman of Ipswich; Presented to 
the House and Read, Praying, That they may belong to the Precinct called the 
Hamlet, and not to Chebacco, for Reasons they mention. Committed. 

A Petition of James Maxwell, late Door-Keeper to this Court; Presented to the 
House and Read, Shewing, That he is now reduc'd to indigent Circumstances, 
and by reason of his Age, unable to get a Livelihood. Praying that an Annual 
Pension may be granted him for his Relief. [ 4 ] 

The Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the said Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

Ordered, That Capt. Savage, Col. Thaxter, Col. Somersby, Capt. Osgood, Mr. 
Remington, Capt. Fullam, Capt. Parsons, Mr. Lothrop, Mr. Bacon, Capt. South- 
worth, Mr. Hammond, and Maj. Skiff e, be a Committee to inspect the Lists of 
Estates and Assessments, return'd into this House from the several Towns of this 
Province the last Year, and to get all other the best Information they can, and 
Proportion the several Towns to the Sum of One Thousand Pounds, according to 
their best Understanding and Judgment; and lay the same before the House, as 
soon as conveniently may be. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

1£eneri£ 3u2Die &?aii. 1717* 2L0& 

His Excellency the Governours Speech Read again. 
A Plat of the Land lying between the Towns of Lancaster, Sutton, Marl- 
borough, Worcester, and Bridghams Farm, Taken by David Haynes Surveyor, and 
Chain-men under Oath, pursuant to an order of this Court, pass'd the 23d of No- 
vember last, in answer to the Petition of John Brigham and Thirty others; Pre- 
sented to the House, with a Petition of John Brigham and Four others, which was 
Read, Praying, that the Land contained in the said Plat may be Erected into a 



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Township, and Granted to them and their Associates, agreeable to their former 
Petition. 

The Petition of Isaac Amsden, and Sixty-six others, Inhabitants of the West- 
erly Part of Marlborough; Praying as entred the 9th of November last. Sent for 
from the Board, and Read again. 

Ordered, That Samuel Thaxter, John Chandler, and Jonathan Remington Esqrs, 
be a Committee to go upon the Land Petitioned for, and view the Situation and 
Quality thereof, and inform themselves of the Circumstances of the Petitioners, 
that desire the Grant of the Land for a Township, whether they, and such as join 
with them, are a competent Number, and such as are likely by themselves or De- 
pendants, to make a good and speedy Settlement thereon. And whether, if the 
Petition of the Inhabitants of the Westerly Part of Marlborough for a Part of the 
said Land be granted, the Remainder of the Tract will not be thereby Disadvan- 
taged for a Township: And make Report to this Court. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That the Votes of this House be Printed Twice a Week. 

The Petition of John Bradford, Jacob Cook, &c. Praying as entered Yesterday. 
Read again. In Answer to the said Petition, 

Ordered, That Capt. Henry Hodges, Col. William Basset, and Capt. William 
Southworth, be a Committee to go upon the Place, view and consider the Situation 
and Circumstances of the Petitioners, and the Tract of Land which they desire 
should be made a Township or Precinct, and report their Opinion to this Court, 
whether it is reasonable the Prayer of the Petition should be granted. The Charge 
of the Committee to be born by the Petitioners. Sent up for Concurrence. 

3 $ogt st^mUiem. 

A Petition of Ephraim Curtis of Sudbury; Presented to the House and Read, 
Praying, That a Grant of 250 Acres of Land, made by the General Court in the 
Year 1674, to Ephraim Curtis (under whom he claims) to be laid out near the 
Town of Worcester, in lieu of the Land formerly granted to Mr. John Norton, may 
be Confirmed to him. Committed. 

A Petition of the-Select-Men of the Town of Falmouth; Presented to the House 
and Read, Praying Assistance in the Maintenance of their Minister. 

In Consideration of the low Circumstances of the Minister of the said Town, and 
that the Town are now about the Good Work of Building a new Meeting-House, and 
so less able to inlarge his Salary. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds, be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury for this Time, towards the Maintenance of the said Minister, over 
& above what the Town give him. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to [Morrow] Morning Nine a Clock. 



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£a&fcati 2Die ^unii u 17 17 3U 2$. 

MR. Speaker laid before the House a Letter from Mr. Agent Dummer, 
Dated the 27th of March, 1717. Which was Read and sent up. 

A Petition of Robert Devereux of Marblehead; Presented to the House and Read, 
Praying, That he may be enabled to retain the Possession and Right of the whole 
of a Farm in the said Town, whereof John Devereux hath recovered by the Law, 
one Sixth Part from him, he paying to him the Value of the said Sixth Part in 
Money, for Reasons in the said Petition assign'd. Sent up. 

A Petition of Ephraim Fenno of Boston, and Elizabeth his Wife, Presented to 
the House and Read, Praying, That they may be admitted to the Redemption of 
an Estate, that ought to Descend to them as they are Heirs to Nathanael Barnes, 
who died beyond Sea, and the time for the Redemption of the Estate Laps'd, The 
Estate having been Mortgaged to Thomas Downs, and the Mortgage Sued out. 
Committed. 

A Petition of William Rider Representative of the Town of Sherbourn, Pre- 
sented to the House & Read, Praying, That 3000 Acres of Land may be Granted 
to the said Town, to be laid out Contiguous to the 4000 Acres lately granted to 
them in lieu of 17 Families set off from the said Town to the Town of Framing- 
ham, for reasons therein alledged. 

A Petition of the Select-men of the Town of Topsfield, Presented to the House 
& Read, Praying this Court to send a Surveyor to run the Line between the said 
Town, and the Towns of Rowley & Boxford, which they think has never yet been 
done. 

And the question being put, Whether the prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

The Petition of Ephraim Curtis, praying as entred Yesterday, return'd by the 
Committee, with their Report thereon, which was Read & Accepted by the 
House, and the following Vote pass'd accordingly, viz. 

Ordered, That the Petitioner have liberty to Imploy a Skilful Surveyor, and 
Chain-men under Oath, to take a Plat of the Land he Petition's for agreeable to 
his Grant, and lay it before this Court at their next Session. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. ' In Council, June 1. 

1717. 

Ordered, That the Honourable Samuel Sewall, Andrew Belcher, Addington Dav- 
enport, Adam Winthrop, & Elisha Cooke, Esqrs; with such as the House of Repre- 
sentatives shall Nominate, be a Committee to Consider the Representations & 
Complaints against this Government mentioned in Mr. Agent Dummer's Letter, 
and make Report thereon. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read & Concurr'd: 



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And Charles Chambers, Samuel Thaxter, Jonathan Remington, Edward Hutchin- 
son, Esqrs; Capt. Habijah Savage, and Capt. Francis Fullam are joyned in the 
affair. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till Tuesday next Nine a Clock in the Morning. 

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of the House of Representatives. 
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A Petition of Samuel Peck of Rehoboth, in behalf of the Congregation at Palm- 
er's River in the said Town; Presented to the House and Read, Shewing, 
That the Two Congregations in the said Town, agreed to raise on the said Town, 
250 /. 200 /. thereof to be toward Building of a Meeting House in the West part of 
the said Town, and 50 /. towards finishing the Meeting House at Palmer's River, 
or the East part of the said Town. But altho' the said Sum of 250 /. has been As- 
sest upon the Town, the Congregation at Palmer's River, cannot obtain the 50 /. 
due to them as their Proportion; Praying this Court to order Justice to be done 
them. 

The Representetive of the Town of Rehoboth, who belongs to the West part of the 
Town, acknowledging that the Allegations in the Petition are true, and said that ac- 
cording to the agreement of the Two Congregations, the Sum of 50 /. as set forth in the 
Petition, ought to be delivered to the Congregation at Palmer's River, for finishing 
their Meeting House. 

Voted, That the Select-Men of the said Town be directed to call a Town-Meet- 
ing, and propose to them. And the said Town is hereby Advised, To pass a Vote, 
that Fifty Pounds of the said Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds, be paid to the Con- 
gregation at Palmer's River, for the use it was intended in the first raising the 
same. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Hannah Simpson of Boston Widow, Relict and Executrix of /o- 
seph Simpson late of Boston Deceas'd; Presented to the House and Read, Pray- 
ing, That she may be enabled to Sell a Tract of Land, of about Thirteen Acres, 
lying in the Town of Dorchester, that was her said late Husbands, for the paying 
of Legacies, and the repairing her Dwelling House now scarce Tenantable. 
Committed. 

Ordered, That Charles Chambers, Samuel Thaxter, Jonathan Remington, Edward 
Hutchinson Esqrs, Capt. Habijah Savage, and Capt. Francis Fullam, with such as 
the Honourable Board shall Nominate, be a Committee to prepare and lay before 
this Court a Draught of an Humble Address to His Majesty, proper at this time 
to proceed from this Court. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Andrew Belcher and Thomas Hutchinson Esqrs, 
That since the last Sessions of this Court, the Coast having been infested with 
Pirates, the Government Equipt, Man'd and sent forth a Sloop for the Security 
of the Navigation, and gave Twenty Shillings per Man to such as Listed Volun- 



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tarily in that Service; which Sloop having been a Cruise is return'd, and is now 
waiting to be paid off: And they proposed, That the Captain should be paid 
Seven Shillings per Diem, the Lieutenant Three Shillings and six Pence per Diem, 
the Warrant Officers Two Shillings and six Pence per Diem, the Mariners Eighteen 
Pence per Diem, the Vessel Seven Shillings per Ton per Month: And that the 
Sloop with a suitable Number of Men, be continued in the Service for the De- 
fence of the Coast, until His Majesty's Ship expected for this Station shall arrive. 

Voted, That the above-mentioned Proposals be accepted and complyed with, 
saving, that the Vessel be continued in Pay, until the next Sessions of this Court 
only, if the Government shall see Occasion for it so long. 

And for the further Encouragement of this Service. 

Resolved, That there be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury to the 
Officers and Company of any Vessel taken up, and sent forth by this Govern- 
ment, between this and the next Sessions of this Court, Five Pounds for every 
Pirate they shall Kill or Take, and Ten Pounds for each Great Gun they shall 
take in any Pirate's Vessel, mounted at the Time of Caption. The said Praemium 
to be divided in the following Proportions, viz. Three Shares to the Captain, Two 
Shares to the Lieutenant, a Share and Half to each Warrant Officer, and a Single 
Share to each Foremast-Man, or Mariner. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Usher Esq; Brought down from the Board by Elisha Hutch- 
inson, Samuel Sewall, Eliakim Hutchinson, and Andrew Belcher Esqrs; with a 
Message, That the Service which the Petitioner mentions in his Petition of Pur- 
chasing the Province of Maine for the Massachusetts-Colony, the Board esteem 
Considerable, and Recommend to the House for Reward. [ 6 ] 

A Petition of Samuel Peters of Andover, praying the Confirmation of his Title to 
a Tract of Land of 200 Acres lying on the North Side of Marrimack River to the 
Northward of Major Denison's Farm; sent down from the Board, having been 
Read there the 30th of May last. 

And the Question being put, Whether the prayer of the said Petition be 
Granted? It pass'd in the Negative. 

The Petition of John Usher Esq; Treasurer of the late Territory of New-Eng- 
land, Praying, That he may be paid the Ballance due to him upon his Accompts 
in the said Office, or be enabled to Recover and Gather in the Rates yet Out- 
standing of that Government; And that he may have Consideration for his good 
Service in Purchasing the Province of Maine, Anno 1668. for the late Colony of 
the Massachusetts-Bay. Sent down from the Board, Pass'd upon there, viz. June 
4th. 171 7. Read and Sent down. Recommended as to the Petitioners Service in 
Assisting in the Purchase of the Province of Maine. 

The Question being put, Whether the prayer of the said Petition be 
Granted? It Pass'd in the Negative. 

Ordered, That Capt. Chandler, Mr. Turner, and Mr. Porter, be a Committee to 



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Examine what Acts are Expired, or near Expiring, that ought to Revived, and 
Continued; and Prepare and lay before the House a Bill, or Bills for that end. 
And a Bill for the more effectual Destruction of Wolves and unruly Dogs. 

Ordered, That Maj. Noyce, and Mr. Lindal, be of the Committee, for Propor- 
tioning the Towns to a Tax of /. iooo. in the Place of Col. Somersby, and Capt. Os- 
good, who are absent. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

Qfytttuxii 5* Me ^unri 1717, 2L ftp. 

A Petition of Jonathan Remington Esq; Representative of the Town of Cam- 
bridge, Presented to the House and Read, Praying, That the Office for 
Registring Deeds and Conveyances of Lands for the County of Middlesex, may 
be opened and kept in the said Town, as the Law Directs, it being the Shire Town 
of the said County. 

Upon a Motion being made by the Representatives of the Town of Charles- 
town, who Assert their said Town to be the Shire Town of the County. 

Ordered, That they receive a Copy of this Petition. And that they may be 
heard before this Court, in answer thereto on Wednesday next. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Severence of Deerfield, Presented to the House and Read, 
Praying, That the Sum oil. 112 s. may be allowed him out of the Publick Treas- 
ury, which he paid his Surgion, and for Diet, and Lodging, whilest under Cure of 
a Wound in his Leg, which he received in the Service, Anno 1710. And that an 
Annual Pension for Life may be Settled upon him, having no hopes of being 
otherwise than a Creeple all his Days. Committed. 

Upon a Motion being made: 

Ordered, That Mr. Hutchinson, and Mr. John Denison, be Desired to prepare 
and lay before the House a Bill in Explanation of the Act which Directs the Coro- 
ner to Serve Writs, &c. 

Mr. Treasurer Allen was Admitted into the House, and presented his Ac- 
compts, and withdrew. 

The present State of the Treasury Read. 
The General Accompts Read. 
Ordered, That Mr. Hutchinson, Capt. Chambers, Mr. Joseph Wadsworth, Capt. 
Dowse, and Mr. Hammond, be a Committee to Examine and Audit the Treasurers 
Accompts, and make Report to the House. 

Capt. Chandler, from the Committee Appointed, laid before the House the 
Draughts of several Bills, viz. 



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A Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition to an Act Intituled, An Act for En- 
couraging the Killing of Wolves. Read a first time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Reviving and further Continuing of an Act Intituled, 
An Act directing how Rates and Taxes to be granted by the General Assembly, shall be 
Assessed and Collected. Read a first time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for reviving and further continuing of an Act Intituled, 
An Act for Explanation of, and Supplement to the Act referring to the Poor, &c. 
Made in the Ninth Year of Queen Anne. Read a first time. 

A Report Sign'd by John Wheelright Esq; &c. the Committee appointed the 
30th of May last, to receive of the Treasurer and Burn, Unserviceable Bills of 
Credit. Presented to the House and Read: Shewing that they had received of the 
Treasurer & burnt, /. 11205 12 s 4 d. half Peny in Bills of their exprest value, 
/. 442 11 ;. id. Thereof having been received for Taxes, l$c. which with the 5 per 
Cent, advance, as they were received into the Treasury, amounts to / 464 13 s. 7 d. 
and/. 539 00 s. 3 d. Neet Bills received for Sloop Anne, and /. 10224 1 s. Neet Bills 
received of the Trustees for the /. 50000. Loan, amounting in the whole to the Sum 
of/. 1 1227 14 j. 10 s. 

Resolved, That the said Report be Accepted, and that the Treasurer be Dis- 
charged accordingly. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

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of the House of Representatives. 

S'otoig 6. Wit ^unii, 1717. 8L ap. 

MR. Hutchinson from the Committee appointed, laid before the House, A 
Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an Act, relating to the Duty and Office 
of a Coroner. _ Which was Read. 

A Petition of Joseph Severance, Praying as entered Yesterday: Read again, with 
the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the House, and a 
Vote pass'd accordingly, with some Addition, viz. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Eleven Pounds Two Shillings, be allowed and paid 
out of the Publick Treasury, to Joseph Severance the Petitioner, to reimburse 
him the Sum he expended on his Surgeon, and for Dyet, i$c. when under Cure. 
And the further Sum of Ten Pounds, in full for his Loss of Time and Smart. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Ephraim Fenno and Elizabeth his Wife, Praying as entered the 
First Currant. Read again, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was 
accepted by the House; and accordingly, 

Ordered, That the Petitioner serve the present Possessor of the Lands, men- 
tioned in this Petition, with a Copy thereof: And that there be a Hearing thereon 
before this Court on Tuesday next. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Coffin, Representative of the Island of Nantucket, Pre- 
sented to the House and Read, Shewing, That some of the Inhabitants of the said 
Island molested their Neighbours, by Suing them in vexatious Actions of little 
Value to the Inferiour Courts of Dukes County, and Barnstable County, compel- 
ling them to travel to those distant Counties to answer their Suits. Praying Re- 
dress. And that it may be Enacted, That Actions shall be tryed in the County, 
where either the Plaintiff or Defendant Dwell. 

A Petition of Malachi Holloway of Middleborough, Presented to the House and 
Read, Praying, That he may have Liberty to take up, and lay out by a Skilful 
Surveyor, and Chain-men under Oath, 150 Acres of Land, to fulfil a Grant, of so 
much, that was made to his Father William Holloway, by the General Court, 
Anno 1662, for Service done to the Publick; which Grant has not yet been satis- 
fied. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 



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A Petition of Henry Flint of Cambridge, Gent, in behalf of himself and the rest 
of the Children of Mr. Josiah Flint, late of Dorchester Clerk, Deceas'd, Presented 
to the House and Read, Shewing that a part of a Tract of Land Granted to his 
Predecessors, falls within the Bounds of the Indian Plantation, called Hassena- 
misco, Praying that he with those concerned may have liberty to Purchase of the 
Indian Proprietors, so much of their said Tract, as falls within their said Planta- 
tion. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of the Town of Sherbourn by William Rider their Representative, 
praying as entred the First Current, Read again, and 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be so far Granted, as that the Peti- 
tioners be allowed to take a Plat of Three Thousand Acres of Land in the Place 
they mention, by a Surveyor and Chain-men under Oath, and lay it before this 
Court for Confirmation. 

A Petition of John Hawks of Deerfield, presented to the House and Read, Shew- 
ing, That he has been Improved very often, in the Service against the Indian 
Enemy, and five times sorely wounded, l$c. Praying Consideration and Support 
from this Court, He being now reduced to Straits in his Old Age. 

And the Question being put, Whether any thing be Granted in answer to the said 
Petition? It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition to the Act for Encouraging the Killing 
of Wolves. Read a 2d time. 

Ordered, That Mr. Parsons, Mr. Turner, Capt. Horrick, Capt. Bane, and Mr. 
John Paine be a Committee to whom the said Bill is Committed. 

The Petition of Joseph Coffin, praying as entred this day further Considered, and 

The Question being put, Whether the Laws of this Province, Page 35, y 116. 
{Declaring that all Writts Issuing out of the Clerks Office shall run through the Prov- 
ince) Gives liberty to any Person to bring his Action within any County of this Prov- 
ince, where neither Plaintiff or Defendant being Setled Inhabitants do live ? 

Resolved in the Negative. And that the Laws are not to be so Understood or 
Practised. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 8 ] 

Beneri£ 7. 2Die ^unti 171 7. 8L 09. 

HIS Excellency theGovernours Speech Read again: And Mr. Speaker offered 
to the House a Draught of an Answer thereto, which was Read, and Voted 
by the House. 

Ordered, That Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Porter and Capt. Savage, Wait on his Ex- 



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cellency the Governour and Acquaint him that this House are Desirous to Ac- 
knowledge his favour, in his Speech at the opening of this Court; and to know- 
when his Excellency pleases the House shall attend him for that end. 

The said Members Attended the Order of the House, and Returned answer, 
That his Excellency had Appointed to Morrow Morning. 

A Petition of Samuel Morris, Simon Gates, and Isaac Hunt, Proprietors of 
Land in the Town of Lancester, in behalf of themselves, and other Proprietors in 
the said Town. Presented to the House and Read, Praying this Court to De- 
termine whether the Grant of Land made to the said Town in June 1713, upon 
the Petition of Thomas Sawyer, and John Houghton, in behalf of the said Town 
belongs to the said Thomas Sawyer and John Haughton, and the major part of the 
Proprietors in the said Town, or whether every Proprietor in the Town ought not 
to have a Share in the said Grant? 

A Petition of Samuel Morris, and Dorothy his Wife, in behalf of themselves, 
and the Children and Heirs of Joseph How late of Marlborough, Deceased, who 
was former Husband of the said Dorothy, Presented to the House and Read, pray- 
ing the Confirmation of a Tract of Land of 300 Acres, Granted to William Hobber- 
field, Anno 1698. which was by him Sold to Thomas How, and by him to the said 
Joseph How. And a Plat of 300 Acres of Land Protracted by John Brigham Sur- 
veyor presented therewith. 

Ordered, That the Land contained and Delineated in the said Plat, be Allowed, 
and Confirmed as the 300 Acres, that was Granted unto William Hobberfield, 
Anno 1698, provided, it intrench not upon any former Grant, and contains no 
more than the Quantity granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That Mr. Joseph Wadsworth be added to the Committee, appointed to 
find out and agree for a Piece of Land suitable to erect an Hospital upon, to en- 
tertain infectious Persons that may be imported into this Province. 

A Message from the Board by Benjamin Lynde Esq; That the House do now 
come up to attend the Hearing appointed the 30th of May last, upon the Peti- 
tions of sundry Inhabitants of the Town of Dorchester. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and after some Time spent 
therein, his Excellency Adjourned the Court and the Hearing to half an Hour 
past Three a Clock. 

A Message from the Board by Thomas Hutchinson and Thomas Fitch Esqrs, 
That the House do now return to the Council Chamber, to finish the Hearing 
upon the Petitions of sundry the Inhabitants of the Town of Dorchester. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly; and when both Parties were 
fully heard, return'd again to their own Chamber. 



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A Message from the Board by Penn Townsend and John Higginson Esqrs, That 

the Hearing upon the Petition of Pease of Nantucket, and the Hearing upon 

the Petition of sundry Indians of Nantucket, that were appointed to be this Day, 
be continued till to Morrow Ten a Clock; which was agreed to by the House. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^a&fcati, 8, SDie ^unti, 1717. 8L a?. 

MR. Hutchinson from the Committee appointed to Examine and Audit 
the Treasurer's Accompts, reported, That they had attended that Serv- 
ice; and find his Accounts to be right Cast, and well Avouched, in the several Ar- 
ticles of them; which Report was accepted by the House, and the following Vote 
pass'd, viz. 

The Accompts of Mr. Jeremiah Allen, Treasurer and Receiver General of this 
Province, beginning the 30th Day of May 1716, and continued unto the 31st Day 
of May iyij, amounting to the Sum of Fifty-one Thousand, Eight Hundred Fifty- 
eight Pounds, Eight Shillings and Eleven Pence, having been presented and laid 
before the House of Representatives, and Inspected by the said House, by which 
it appears there was standing out on said Thirty-first Day of May, Five Thousand 
Six Hundred Eighty-nine Pounds, Three Shillings and Six Pence, of the Taxes; 
Two Thousand Five Hundred Thirty-seven Pounds, Eleven Shillings and Nine 
Pence, Neet Province Bills, and Thirteen Thousand Six Hundred Twenty Two 
Pounds, Three Shillings and Three Pence, Province Bills, with the Five per Cent. 
advanc'd thereon in the Treasury, and further to be accounted for. 

Voted, That the said Accompts, in the several Articles of Receipts and Pay- 
ments therein mentioned, amounting unto the Sum of Thirty Thousand and Nine 
Pounds, Ten Shillings and Five Pence, be and are hereby allowed of; and the said 
Treasurer is hereby Discharged of the said Sum of Thirty Thousand and Nine 
Pounds, Ten Shillings and Five Pence. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 9 ] 

Ordered, That the Committee which Audited the Treasurer's Accompts, be a 
Committee to Examine and Audit the Accompts of the Commissioner of Impost, 
and make Report to the House. 

A Petition of Nathaniel Henchman of Boston Merchant, Presented to the House 
and Read, Shewing, That he received of the Ten Thousand Pounds Loan of 
Province Bills, Anno 171 1, the Sum of Fourteen Hundred Pounds which he Dis- 
bursed to pay off the Transports, that were taken up on Her late Majesty's Ac- 
count, in the Expedition to Canada the said Year, and took Bills of Exchange on 
the Lord High Treasurer of Great Britain for the same, to the Sum of /. 996 18 s. 
8 d. Sterling, payable at 30 Days Sight; but no part of the said Bills is yet paid. 
Praying the Continuation of the said Loan for one Year more. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 



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Mr. Speaker and the House went up to the Council Chamber, to return An- 
swer to His Excellency's Speech. And Mr. Speaker make a Speech to his Excel- 
lency, as follows, viz. 

May it please Your Excellency, 

WE His Majesty's Loyal and Dutiful Subjects the Representatives of the 
Province of the Massechusetts-Bay, now in General Court Assembled, as 
well for our Selves, as in the Name of the People we Represent, Do with great 
Sincerity, Duty and Thankfulness Acknowledge your Excellency's great Respect, 
Favour, Care and Affection expressed to us, and to our Country, in your Speech 
to the General Assembly, in this your first Meeting them at a Session for the An- 
niversary Election of Councellors. 

Nothing could have laid us under greater and more endearing Obligations, 
than your Excellency's affectionate Expressions, and Assurances with reference 
to our Religious and Civil Rights, Liberties and Privileges; and that your Excel- 
lency hath so much at heart the true Valuable, and best Interest of this Country, 
as if it had been indeed your Own. 

We gladly take this Publick Occasion to Testify our Gratitude, first to Al- 
mighty GOD, and then to Our most gracious Soveraign Lord the KING, under 
whose happy Reign, and your Excellency's good Government, We hope to enjoy 
those inestimable Blessings for many Years to come; that so we and our Poster- 
ity, may be leading quiet and peaceable Lives in all Godliness and Honesty, and 
thereby approve our selves to be such as Fear GOD, and Honour the KING. 

We greatly Rejoyce with your Excellency in the good Tidings, We have from 
time to time, of the Remarkable Protections, and Blessings of Heaven, upon His 
Sacred Majesty and His Illustrious Family, and His Wise and Just Governmen 

And we thankfully Accept your Excellency's Exhortation to Moderation, 
Unanimity, Publick Spiritedness, and Expedition in the business of this Session, 
and shall endeavour to put it in Practice accordingly. 

To which His Excellency was pleased to Reply, as follows, viz. 

Gentlemen, 

YOur Answer to My Speech is so Expressive of your Loyalty and Duty to the 
KING, and His Illustrious House; as is also your joyning your Congratula- 
tions and Acknowledgments with Mine in owning the Signal Hand of Divine Provi- 
dence, in the timely discovery of the horrid Swedish Conspiracy against His Maj- 



196 Journal of the House of Representatives 

esty's Sacred Person, and His Royal Family; that you must give Me leave to Assure 
you, That they are the Most agreeable Topicks upon which you cou'd Speak. 

As to what you so kindly mention in reference to My Self and My Administration, 
it shall carry its just weight with it, and it will induce Me to give you constant Proofs 
that My Words and Actions shall never jarr. 

I am glad of this Opportunity to Return you My hearty Thanks for this your 
Agreeable Answer. 

And then the House return'd to their own Chamber. [ 10 ] 

A Petition of Elizabeth Hobart, Widow relict of Jer. Hobart, late of Haddam, 
Clerk, Deceased, presented to the House and Read, praying that 600 Acres of 
Land Granted in May 1679. to Mr. Samuel Whiting, Sen. of Lynn, which now 
belongs to the Petitioner, may be laid out in some Unappropriated Land of this 
Province. Committed. 

A Message from the Board by Edward Bromfield Esq; That the House do now 
come up and attend the Hearing on the Petition and Complaint of the Nantucket 
Indians. 

But that the Matter of the Complaint in the Petition of Pease, upon 

which a Hearing was Granted, is accommodated. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly; And the Attorney, for the 
English Inhabitants of Nantucket, prayed to have further Day given them, not 
being fully prepared for the Hearing. Whereupon the Parties were ordered to 
withdraw. 

And the House Return'd to their own Chamber to Consider of the said Mo- 
tion. And after Debate, 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Honourable Board by Col. Thaxter, 
and Mr. Turner, That this House see no reason to comply with the said Motion, 
for Deferring the Hearing: But are of the Mind that the Hearing ought now to 
proceed, the Respondents to the Petition having had sufficient time to prepare 
their answer. 

A Message brought unto the House, That the English Inhabitants of Nantucket 
were content that the Hearing should now proceed. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up again to the Council Chamber. And when 
both Parties had been fully heard Return'd to their own Chamber. 

And then the House Adjourn'd to Monday next three a Clock in the Afternoon. 

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VOTES of the House of Representatives 

3£unae 10. Die S'unii, 17 17, 3. ^. £®. 

A Bill Intituled, ^n Act in Addition to an Act Intituled, An Act relating to the 
Duty & Office of a Coroner. Read a 2d time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for reviving and further Continuing, An Act, Intituled an 
Act Directing how Rates and Taxes to be Granted by the General Assembly, shall be 
Assessed and Collected. Read a 2d time. And the said Act Read. 

A Petition of Daniel Allen, Josiah Torry, and 23 others Inhabitants of the 

Town of Szvanzey, Presented to the House and Read, praying, That the West end 

of the said Town may be set off, and made a distinct Town-ship, That they may 

thereby be enabled to Raise a Maintenance for the Gospel Ministry among them. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

a?arti£, 11. Die ^unii, 1717. &. £$. 

A Petition of Joseph Eaton, W-'lliam Bradbury and 45 others, Inhabitants of 
the Town of Salisbury, praying this Court to Rectify & Confirm a reason- 
able Agreement which the said Town have made among themselves, relating to 
the Maintenance of the Gospel Ministry, and Building Meeting Houses in the 
said Town, concerning which Contention is arisen in the Town, several Persons 
endeavouring to make void the same. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, 
viz. In Council, June 6th 171 7. Read & Ordered, That the Petitioners, Serve the 
adverse Party with a Copy of this Petition, That they may be heard thereon 
upon the 2d Wednesday of the Fall Sessions of this Court, unless the Parties agree 
within that time. And that in the mean time the Reverend Mr. Caleb Cushing 
Continue to Preach at the Old Meeting-house within the said Town of Salisbury. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read & Concurr'd. 

A Petition of John Beauchamp of Boston, Leather Dresser, Presented to the 
House & Read, praying, That he may be allowed to keep an Indian Woman 
Servant, which he Imported lately from Carolina, the Law of this Province to the 
contrary notwithstanding: For reasons therein assigned. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It passed in the Negative. 

A Petition of Jeremiah Cushing, Samuel Tyley and 32 others, Innholders & Re- 
tailers in the Town of Boston, Presented to the House & Read, praying, That the 
Act, Intituled, An Act for the Granting to His Majesty an Excise upon Wines, &c. 
May be Repealed, and that the Excise may be Setled upon the same Foundation, 
on which it lately was, for reasons therein alledged. 

A Plat of 2000 Acres of Land, laid out for the Town of Woburn, by Joseph 
Burnap Surveyor, and Chain-men under Oath, pursuant to a Vote of this Court 
the 28th Novemb. last: Presented to the House for Confirmation. 



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Ordered, That the Lands, Described & Delineated in the said Plat be Con- 
firmed to the Town of Woburn, in Satisfaction of a Grant made to them in October 
1664. Provided it Intrench upon no former Grant, and Contain no more than the 
quantity Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomas Wells, Representative of the Town of Deerfield, Pre- 
sented to the House and Read: Shewing, That the General Court in the Year 1673 
Granted to the said Town, an addition of a Tract of Land, that was to be laid 
out at the North end of the said Town, and to Contain the quantity of 7 Miles 
Square; which Lands was accordingly laid out, and the Bound-marks now to be 
seen: But upon searching the Records they cannot find any entry thereof, Pray- 
ing, That it may be now Allowed and Confirmed, and be of Record to prevent 
future Trouble. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners may take a Plat of the additional Grant of the 
Quantity of Seven Miles Square, in the whole, Pursuant to the ancient Bounds 
by a Surveyor and Chain-men under Oath, and lay it before this Court for Con- 
firmation at the Sessions next Fall. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act, relating to the Duty and Office of a Coroner. 

Read a 3d time, and Pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Isaac Pease, and Six others Inhabitants of the Town of Enfield, 
Presented to the House & Read, Complaining of Injury done them, in the Divi- 
sion that has been made of the Common Lands in the said Town, wherein they 
Apprehend they cannot have relief by the Common Law. Praying this Court to 
take the matter into their Consideration, and grant them relief. 

And the Question being put, Whether the prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of Roger Billings, of Dorchester, Jonathan Gulliver of Milton, and 
John Billings of Dorchester, Presented to the House & Read, praying further re- 
lief for Thomas Onconcouug an Old blind Indian, that has been very Serviceable 
as a Souldier in the late Wars, and received a hurt in one of his Eyes while in the 
Service, which is supposed to have occasioned his Blindness. And an Account was 
Exhibited of the Expenditure of Six Pounds that was granted in the Year 1715 
for his relief. Committed. 

The Petition of Robert Spur Esq; &c. of Dorchester, praying as entred the 30th 
of May last, upon which there has been a Hearing this Session. Sent down from 
the Board, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, June nth 1717. Upon a full Hearing 
had on Fryday the 7th Currant, before the whole Court, upon the within Petition 
of the Inhabitants of Dorchester. Voted, That the prayer of the Petitioners be not 
Granted; and the Acts of the said Town-Meeting, are so far Confirmed as relates 
to the Choice and Power of Officers, and other proper Town Business. Sent down 
for Concurrence. Read & Concurr'd, abating the last clause, viz. (And other 

proper Town Business.) And that the Allowing of this Meeting so far, on this ex- 



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traordinary occasion, be not Improved to Countenance any Neglect, in the Warn- 
ings of Town Meetings for the future. [ 12 ] 

A Message from the Board by Samuel Sewall, John Appleton, John Wheel- 
wright, Thomas Noyes, Benjamin Lynde and Addington Davenport, Esqrs; That 
his Excellency Desires that the Consideration of Petitions may not take up too 
much of the Time of this Court, so as to Post-pone the more weighty Affairs : But 
that the House will proceed in them. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board by Mr. Edward Hutchinson, 
Mr. Porter, Mr. Toy, Capt. Chambers, Col. Somersby, and Capt. Osgood, That this 
House in the beginning of the Session appointed a large Committee of Members 
of each County to Inspect the Lists of Rates return'd into the House the last 
Year, and again what other Information they could, in order to proportion the 
Towns to the Tax, to be rais'd this Session, which Committee had been attending 
that difficult Service ever since, while the House have been considering the Peti- 
tions of private Persons. 

i^alf an $our pagt 3 $o£t &?erifciem* 

A Plat of 200 Acres of Land laid out by Thomas White Surveyor, and Chain- 
men under Oath, pursuant to a Vote of this Court the 2d of June 1716. in answer 
to the Petition of Josiah Chapin Esq; offered to the House for Confirmation. 

Ordered, That the Land Protracted in the said Plat be Allowed & Confirmed as 
the 200 Acres of Land Granted to Samuel Chapin, Anno 1664. Provided it In- 
trench upon no former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Wheelwright of Wells Esq; Praying, That 200 Acres of Land 
up Mousom River, or the Privilege of cutting Timber up the said River so long as 
he or his Successors, shall have a Saw-mill there, may be Granted to him in Con- 
sideration of the Services & Losses in the late War. Sent down from the Board, 
Read there June 5th 171 7 and Recommended. 

And the Question being put, Whether the prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of John Wright, and 4 others whose Predecessors Purchased of the 
Indian Proprietors before there was a Law to forbid it, a Tract of Land contain- 
ing 3000 Acres, lying betwixt the Towns of Woburn, Andover, Billerica, and Read- 
ing, called the Land of Nod, Presented to the House and Read Praying this 
Court to Allow and Confirm the said Purchase. 

And the Question being put whether the Prayer of the said Petition be Granted ? 
It passed in the Negative. 

A Petition of Ebenezer Coffin of Nantucket, Presented to the House and Read, 
Praying that the Sum of /. 50. which he was fined by the General Court, for Trad- 
ing with the French Anno, 1709. And /. 6. which he paid Costs, may be Repaid 
him for reasons he mentions. Committed. 



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A Petition of George Worthilake, Husbandman, and Master of the Lighthouse, 
Presented to the House and Read, praying that the use and Improvement of the 
great Brewster Island, may be procured and allowed to him, in addition to his 
Salary for looking after the Lighthouse, or that his Salary may be Increased, and 
that he may have some Consideration for 59 Sheep, which he lost this Winter, be- 
ing driven into the Sea by a Storm through want of his care of them, when obliged 
to attend the Lighthouse. 

In answer to the said Petition, Resolved that the Sum of Seventy Pounds be al- 
lowed to the Petitioner, for his Service in taking care of the Lighthouse the year 
ensuing. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

St^ercurii 12. SDte S^mi 17 17. 9L ap. 

A Petition of William Denison of Roxbury Presented to the House and Read, 
Shewing that he with the rest of the Heirs of his late Father Edward Denison 
of Roxbury aforesaid Deceased, have agreed to a Division of the Estate he left 
them and Executed Articles for that end, excepting two Grandchildren, one 
whereof is a Minor, and the other a Person that is Untreatable, Praying that this. 
Court will give order to the Judge of Probates of Wills to accept and Ratify the 
said Division and appoint a Guardian for the Minor. 

Ordered, That Col. Thaxter, Mr. Turner, and Mr. Lindal, be a Committee to 
Prepare and Lay before the House a Bill for the more convenient Partition of 
Lands. 

Capt. Savage from the Committee appointed to Proportion the several Towns, 
to a Tax of iooo /. Reported that they had met several Times, and had made con- 
siderable Progress, and wanted further Instruction from the House, which was 
given them and they were Directed to Proceed and finish that affair. 

A Report of the Committee appointed in November last to go to that part of 
Hingham called Cohasset, which Petitioned to be made a distinct Precinct, and 
Consider of the reasonableness of their Prayer, Signed Penn Townsend in the 
name of the Committee, Sent down from the Board, Pass'd upon there viz. In 
Council June 5th 171 7. Read and accepted. Sent down for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Bed, Lazarus Bed, and Stephen Lassels, in behalf of them- 
selves & Purdy Macvarlo, who by the Report of the said Committee are laid into 
the said Precinct of Cohasset : Presented to the House and Read, praying, That 
they may not be Included in the said Precinct for reasons they render. 

The said Report Read again, and Non-Concurr'd. Sent up. 



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A Petition of Thomas Ayers, Joseph Ayers, Edward Ayers, Mark Ayers, and 
Nathanael Ayers, Sons of John Ayres, late of Brookfield alias Quahaog, deceased, 
Praying, That they may be enabled by an Order of this Court to Inherit the sev- 
eral Lots & Rights of Land, that did belong to their said Father in the said Plan- 
tation. Sent down from the Board, Read there June nth. 1717. and Recom- 
mended. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Committed, and Mr. Porter be added to the 
Committee for Petitions, on the Consideration thereof. 

An Accompt of Henry Bridgham amounting to the Sum of /. 12 18 s. the Charge 
of Dining the House of Representatives on the 29th Day of May last, being the 
Anniversary Day of Election of Councellors, laid before the House for Allowance. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twelve Pounds Eighteen Shillings, be Allowed & 
Paid out of the Publick Treasury to Henry Bridgham, the Accomptant, to Dis- 
charge the said Accompt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Account of Daniel Russel Treasurer of the County of Middlesex, from May 
171 1, to May 1 714. Presented to the House and Read. 

Ordered, That the said Accompt be Allowed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Thomas Hutchinson, and Elisha Cooke Esqrs; 
That the House now come up to Attend the Hearing upon the Petition of Jona- 
than Remington Esq; appointed the 5th Currant. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly: And a full Hearing being 
given to both Parties; They return'd again to their own Chamber. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

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VOTES 

of the House of Representatives. 

^otote 13* 2Die ^unii, I 7 I 7« 3U &?. 

A Petition of /o/in Higginson, and Thirty-four others, Proprietors of the 
Town-ship of Falmouth in Casco-Bay, Presented to the House & Read, 
praying leave to go & Settle a Town there, in as Regular & Defensible a manner 
as may be. Thirty Families, being now ready to go thither. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be Granted. And that the Petitioners 
apply themselves to the Committee appointed by this Court in June 1715. to 
Prosecute the Regular Settlement of the Eastern Frontiers for advice in the man- 
ner of their Settlement. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of the Select-men of the Town of Brooklyn, presented to the House 
& Read, Shewing that the said Town have been at great charge in Building of a 
Meeting-house, and Settling of a Minister, whereby they are much Exhausted, 
praying Assistance for this Year in Maintaining their Minister; and that Abate- 
ment may be made in their Province Tax, wherein they apprehend they have 
several Years born more than their Proportion. 

A Petition of John Porter of Wenham, presented to the House & Read, Shew- 
ing, That the Court of General Sessions of the Peace in Essex appointed a Com- 
mittee to lay out a Highway thro' his Land, to the Land of Freeborn Batch, which 
was done through his Meadow, Corn-field & Orchard to his insufferable Dam- 
age, and the said Court confirmed the Act of the said Committee, praying this 
Court to send a Committee to lay out a High-way for the said Batch so as may 
conveniently Serve him, and be as little injurious to the Petitioner as may be. 
Committed. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Capt. Fullam, & Mr. Turner, Desiring that 
the Committee of both Houses appointed at the last Sessions of this Court to 
Consider of Expedients to preserve the value of the Publick Bills of Credit, in the 
Recess of this Court, and to make report at this Session, be Desired to bring in 
their Report as soon as may be. 

3 $o£t a?criDtem. 

A Petition of John Campbell Post-master of New-England, praying Assistance 
towards the charge of Carrying on his Weekly News-Letter: And the payment of 
his Accompt Postage for the Publick, since the 2d of June last: Amounting to the 
Sum of /. 57 3 s. 8d. Sent down from the Board. Read. 



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Ordered, That Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. W adsworth, and Mr. Lindal, be a Commit- 
tee to whom the said Petition & Accompt is referred. That they Consider the Sub- 
ject matter & Allegations thereof, and Report what they think is proper for this 
Court to do thereon. Upon a Motion being made: 

Ordered, That Capt. Chambers, Mr. Hutchinson, and Mr. Porter be a Commit- 
tee to Consider the Laws relating to the Stating of Fees, and Report what they 
think proper to be further Enacted in Explanation, or Alteration thereof. 

A Message from the Board by Andrew Belcher, Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas 
Fitch, Edmund Quincey, and Elisha Cooke, Esqrs; That the Committee appointed 
at the last Sessions, to Consider of Expedients to Preserve the Credit of the Pub- 
lick Bills had done nothing in that Affair before the Meeting of this Court, and 
Apprehend it not proper for them now to do it, unless they are reviv'd. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

Benerig 14. SDie Sunii 1717* &♦&£♦ 

THe Petition of Jonathan Remington, Representative of the Town of Cam- 
bridge, upon which a Hearing was had before this Court the 1 2th Currant. 
Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, viz. in Council, June 13. 171 7. 
Upon a Hearing Yesterday of the Towns of Cambridge and Charlstown, as to their 
respective Claims of being the Shire Town of the County of Middlesex. 

Resolved, That Cambridge is the Shire Town of the said County. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. [ 14 ] 

An Accompt of Joseph Hammond, Treasurer of the County of York, beginning, 
Anno 1716. and ending the Third Day of April, 1717. 

Presented to the House and Read. 

Ordered, That the said Accompt be Allowed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Capt. Savage from the Committee appointed to proportion the several Towns 
to a Tax of /. 1000, Reported, That they had finish'd that Affair; and presented a 
List thereof, which was Read. 

Ordered, That the House now proceed to consider the said Report, and to Vote 
what shall be each Towns Proportion to a /. 1000, in the Tax that shall be Levyed 
this Session. 

And that what is now done, shall not be deemed to be a Rule for the future; but 
that the House will endeavour, that a new Valuation of the several Towns, shall 
be obtained against the next May Sessions. 

The House proceeded to a distinct and separate Consideration of the Propor- 
tion of each Town, reported by the Committee. And Voted severally, the Sum 



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that each Town shall pay to a Thousand Pounds, in the Tax to be Levied this Ses- 
sion; the respective Representatives having first had Opportunity to set forth to 
the House the States and Circumstances of their Towns. 

A Message from the Board by Andrew Belcher Esq; Proposing, That the Sloop 
taken into the Service for the Defence of the Coast, may have Thirty Five Pounds 
per Month, it being a Mistake that Thirty Pounds only was proposed afore; and 
left a Petition of John Ruggles, Owner and Master of the said Sloop, Praying, 
That the said Vessel's Hire may be inlarged. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

J>a&featt 15* aDie^utiii 17 17. &♦.&$♦ 

THe following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. In Council, June 13th. 
1717. 

Upon a Hearing had the 8th of June Currant, on the within Petition (of the 
Indian Inhabitants of the Island of Nantucket) before the whole Court. 

Resolved, That the Island of Nantucket be annexed to the County of Suffolk. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-Concurr'd. 

Inasmuch as this House apprehend, the Indians will not be benefitted thereby, 
but will comply with those that Sue them to great Loss, rather than be at the 
heavy Charge of Transporting themselves to Boston, and Answering there. And, 

Voted, That His Excellency and Council be desired to Constitute and Appoint, 
one or two proper Persons from the Main, to be of the Judges of the Inferiour 
Court of Common Pleas, and General Sessions of the Peace ; from time to time on 
the said Island. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Voted, That Eleven Thousand Pounds only, of the Twenty-two Thousand 
Pounds, Granted in the Years, 171 1, and 1712, be Levyed and Collected the 
present Year. 

And that the Duties of Impost and Tunnage of Shipping, and Excise, together 
with the Income of the Bills lent out, and the Light-House, be a Fund and Secu- 
rity for the drawing in the remaining Eleven Thousand Pounds. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. In Council, June 14th. 1717. 

Resolved, That pursuant to an Act Intituled, An Act for the more safe keeping 
the Registry of Deeds and Conveyances of Lands; Made and Passed at a Session of 
the Great and General Court or Assembly at Boston, the 25th of May, 1715. That 
the Publick Office for Registry of Deeds and Conveyances of Lands for the 
County of Middlesex, be forthwith opened and kept in the Shire Town at Cam- 
bridge. 

And that all Deeds and Conveyances of Lands, that have been Recorded in the 
Office at Charlstown, since the Making the aforesaid Act, notwithstanding their 



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being there Recorded, be Declared, and hereby are made good and valid to all In- 
tents and Purposes in the Law whatsoever: Any Law, Usage or Custom to the 
contrary notwithstanding. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 

Ordered, That Five Shillings be Assessed on the Poll, in the Tax to be Levyed 
this Session. 

The Bill Entituled, An Act in Addition to an Act, Intituled, An Act relating to 
the Duty and Office of a Coroner. Sent down from the Board, Concurr'd with 
Amendments; which were Read and Agreed, and sent up. 

The Committee appointed, brought in a Bill, Entituled, An Act in Addition to 
the Act, Intituled, An Act for the Partition of Lands. Which was Read a first Time. 

A Petition of John Ruggles and Thomas Gross, Owners of the Sloop Mary and 
Free-Love, lately Impress'd in the Publick Service, whereof the said Ruggles was 
Master, Read; Praying, That the Hire of the said Sloop may be made more than 
the House have Voted, for Reasons mentioned therein. And that the Loss the 
said Ruggles has sustained by the said Sloop's being Impress'd from him, may be 
Considered. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next three a Clock in the Afternoon. 

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VOTES of the House of Representatives. 
Hume 17. SDie ^umi, 171 7* 3. #♦ &£♦ 

A Petition of Robert Cathcart, Clerk of the Town of Tisbury, in behalf of the 
said Town; Presented to the House and Read, Praying Assistance from 
the Publick Treasury towards the Maintenance of their Minister, for Reasons 
assin'd in the said Petition. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Ten Pounds, be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury for this time, towards the Maintenance of the Ministry in the Town of 
Tisbury. 

And that the said Town be Advised to unite and make one Congregation with 
the Town of Chilmark, in carrying on the Publick Worship of God, as soon as con- 
veniently may be. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That Capt. Habijah Savage, Capt. Joseph Wadsworih, Jonathan Rem- 
ington, Edward Hutchinson, and Jonathan Dowse Esqrs, with such as the Honour- 
able Board shall Nominate, be a Committee in the Recess of this Court, to con- 
sider that Part of His Excellency's Speech, which relates to the keeping up the 
Credit of the Publick Bills, and report such Expedients as they think will be most 
effectual for that end, without fail, to the next Sessions of this Court. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act relating to the Duty and Office of a Coroner. 
Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Petition of Paxil Dudley Esq; Attorney General of this Province; Presented 
to the House and Read, Praying Allowance for his Service in that Office for five 
Years last past. Committed. 

The Vote of this House pass'd the 15th Currant, for a Tax of /. 11000. 
Sent down from the Board Concurr'd. 

An Accompt of Ebenezar Lewes, Treasurer of the County of Barnstable, for the 
Year 1716. Countersign'd by William Basset Town Clerk, Presented to the House 
and Read. 

Ordered, That the said Accompt be Allowed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomas Palmer, John Oulton, Cornelius Waldo, Philip Headman, 
and Job Lezvis of Boston, Merchants, Shewing, That they have lately Intituled 
themselves to the Rights of Land in Worcester, which Capt. John Wing died seized 
of, Praying, That a farther Term of Time for Building and Settling the said Lands 
may be allowed; the three Years which this Court limitted for Settling them, un- 
der Penalty of Forfeiture, being near expired. Sent down from the Board, Pass'd 
on there, viz. In Council, June 14th. 1 71 7. Read and Resolved, That on the Con- 
sideration within mentioned, the Petitioners be allowed the farther Space of 
Twelve Months, to comply with the Conditions on which the Lots were Granted; 
they applying themselves forthwith to the Performance of the said Conditions. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 



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A Petition of John Smith of Boston, in behalf of himself and Mr. John Eliot, 
Owners of 18 Ten Acre Lots in the Town of Worcester, which Maj. Daniel Gookin 
died seized of; Presented to the House and Read, Praying that they may be al- 
lowed one Year more for Building two Houses, and Settling two Families on the 
said Lands; the three Years limitted by this Court for that end, upon Penalty of 
Forfeiting the Lands, expiring the 14th Currant. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

ft^artig, 18. Die ^unii, 1717* 3L fl?« 

A Petition of John Lane and 13 others, Principal Inhabitants in and about 
Winter Harbour, Presented to the House and Read, Praying Allowance out 
of the Publick Treasury, towards the Support of a Minister there. Committed. 

A Petition of Edward Hutchinson and John Watts, Presented to the House and 
Read, Praying the Continuance of the Guard of Soldiers, that was formerly al- 
lowed at George-Town on Arrow sick-Island, for one Year more. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be so far Granted, as that an Officer 
with Fifteen Centinels, be allowed for the Covering of the Settlement at George- 
Town, for one Year more, at the Charge of the Publick. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Reviving and further Continuing of An Act, Intituled, 
An Act Directing how Rates and Taxes to be Granted by the General Assembly, shall 
be Assessed and Collected. 

Read a 3d time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Reviving and further Continuing, An Act for Explana- 
tion of and Supplement to the Act, referring to the Poor, &c. 
Read a 2d time. 

A Petition of Thomas Fitch, Nathanael Cary, Samuel Greenwood, Charles Cham- 
bers, and Oliver Noyes, a Committee Appointed by this Court, to provide sundry 
Necessaries for the Train of Artillery &c. Directed by Her late Majesty to be here 
provided, for the Expedition against Canada, Anno 171 1. And for the Sums they 
advanced in that Service, they received Bills of Exchange upon the Lord High 
Treasurer of Great-Britain, none of which, nor any part of the said Bills have 
been as yet paid: And the Petitioners had the Loan of /. 3812 8s. yd. Granted 
them in Bills of Publick Credit, out of the Publick Treasury, in Consideration of 
their [ 16 ] being in Advance for that Service, which they are obliged to pay into 
the Treasury in July next. Presented to the House and Read, Praying the Con- 
tinuance of the said Loan for one Year more. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the said Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Thomas Fitch, and Elisha Cooke Esqrs, That sev- 



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eral Members of this Court are desirous to return Home, and therefore His Ex- 
cellency desires the House to lay aside private Affairs, and proceed to the Dis- 
patch of the publick necessary Business of the Session. 

A further Petition of Nathanael Henchman of Boston, Merchant, Presented to 
the House and Read, Praying, That his Petition which was Rejected this Session, 
may be admitted to a Reconsideration, for Reasons alledg'd. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Reconsidered. 

The said Petition Read again, and 

Resolved, That the Prayer thereof be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Ebenezar Doan, in behalf of the Inhabitants of Cape Cod; Pre- 
sented to the House and Read, Praying a Sum may be allowed out of the Publick 
Treasury, for the Building a Meeting-House for the Publick Worship of God 
there. 

Ordered, That Capt. Chandler, Mr. John Payne, Capt. W adsworth, and Capt. 
Thomas Payne, be a Committee to whom the said Petition is Referred. 

The Petition of Roger Billings, &c. Praying as Entred the nth Currant: Read 
again, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the 
House; And accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Six Pounds, be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury, to Roger Billings the Petitioner, to be improved according to his best 
Discretion, for the use and benefit of Thomas Onconconuck the Blind Indian, men- 
tioned in the Petition. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Vote of this House pass'd Yesterday for a Committee of both Houses, dur- 
ing the Recess of this Court, to consider Expedients to preserve the Credit of the 
publick Bills. Sent down from the Board, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, June 
18. 1717. Read and Concurr'd, with the Amendments; And the Honourable 
Elisha Hutchinson, Samuel Sewall, Eliakim Hutchinson, and Addington Davenport 
Esqrs, are added to the Committee for the said Affair. 
Sent down for Concurrence. 

The Amendments are, The Rasing of the Words, In the Recess of this Court, 
and, Without Fail to the next Session of this Court; and the Inserting of the Words. 
During the present Sessions of this Court. Read and Concurr'd. 

3 $o£t a^eritiiem. 

The Season of the Year having been such this Spring, that the Committee Ap- 
pointed in November last, to run the Line between this Government and the Gov- 
ernment of Rhode-Island, could not attend that Service. 

Ordered, That the Honourable Nathanael Payne Esq; Samuel Thaxter Esq; and 
John Chandler Esq; be a Committee to join with such as the Government of 
Rhode-Island shall Impower to proceed in, and perfect the Running and Settling 



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the Line between this Province and the said Colony, pursuant to the Agreement 
lately made for that end, by the Commissioners of both Governments. And His 
Excellency the Governour, is Requested to Write pressingly to that Govern- 
ment, to Impower, and send Persons to issue the said Affair as soon as possible. 

But if the Government of Rhode-Island, continue to neglect for the Space of 
Four Months to join in the Affair, That the said Committee of this Government, 
be Directed to proceed and issue it, according to the said Agreement. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Paul Dudley Esq; Attorney General for this Province, Praying as 
Entred the 17th Currant, further Considered; and the Report of the Committee 
thereon, which was not accepted by the House. But in Answer to the said Peti- 
tion, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Fifteen Pounds, be allowed and paid out of the pub- 
lick Treasury, to Mr. Attorney General Dudley, for the Service mentioned in his 
Petition. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Ebenezer Coffin, Praying as Entred the nth Currant, further 
Considered, and the Report of the Committee thereon, viz. That his Petition be so 
far Granted, as that his Fine be Returned to him. 

And the Question being put, Whether the said Report be accepted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

This House being sensible, that Mr. Jonathan Belcher, during his late Resi- 
dence in Great Britain, has approved himself a Friend to this Province; and been 
Instrumental of effecting good Services for them. 

Voted, That the Thanks of this House be given to him, in grateful Acknowledge- 
ment thereof. And that Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Lindal, and Col. Somersby, be a 
Committee in the Name of this House to render the same. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Apportioning and Assessing a Tax of Eleven Thou- 
sand Pounds upon Polls and Estates. Read a first time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 17 ] 

S^ercurii 19, SDie ^unit 1717* &. ap. 

MR. Hutchinson from the Committee appointed Yesterday, to give the 
Thanks of the House to Mr. Jonathan Belcher, Acquainted the House, 
That they had attended the Order; And that Mr. Belcher there-upon said to them, 
That the Honour & Respect, which the Honourable House was pleased to do him, 
in a greatful Acceptance of his Sincere Endeavours to Serve them, during his late 
Residence in Great Britain, Did increase in him the Love he bore to his Native 
Country, and Encouraged him to be Studious for the future how he might best 
Serve their Interests: And that he should always think himself happy, when he 
had opportunities of so doing. 



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A Bill Intituled, An Act for Apportioning y Assessing a Tax of Eleven Thousand 
Pounds upon Polls and Estates. Read a 2d and a 3d time, and pass'd to be En- 
gross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Draugnt of a Humble Address to His Majesty, prepared by the Committee 
of both Houses, appointed for that end. Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon 
there, viz. In Council, June 18th. 1717. Read and Accepted. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition to the Act for Encouraging the Killing 
of Wolves. Read a 3d time. And pass'd to be Engross'd. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
A Bill Intituled, An Act for Reviving and further Continuing an Act Intituled, An 
Act for Explanation of and Supplement to the Act referring to the Poor, &c. 

Read a 3d time. And pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 
Mr. Hutchinson from the Committee appointed to Examine the Impost Offi- 
cer's Accompts, made Report, That they had Perused the same. And find it will 
take up more time than can be allowed for a thorough Examination at this Ses- 
sion; but believe them to be just and right. And are humbly of Opinion that the 
Impost Officer be Directed to Settle and Ballance his Accompts with every Per- 
son Yearly, so that he may leave them ready to offer to this Court in their May 
Sessions. And that there be a standing Committee of Two Persons Annually ap- 
pointed to Inspect the Accompts of the said Officer as often as they see cause; and 
make Report of their Doings to this House every Year at their Sessions in May. 
Which Report was accepted by the House, and a Vote sent up accordingly for 
Concurrence. Edward Hutchinson Esq; and Capt. Joseph Wadsworth being ap- 
pointed a Committee for the said Service for the Year Currant. 

A Draught of an Answer to the Complaints against this Government men- 
tioned in Mr. Agent Dummeis Letter, Prepared by the Committee of both 
Houses. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council June 18th 
1717. Read and Accepted. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 
A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. Lindal, and Capt. Osgood, That the 
House propose to proceed to the choice of a Treasurer, Attorney General, and 
Impost Officer this Afternoon, and desire the Honourable Board to joyn with 
them therein. 

A Petition of John Trash jun of Salem, presented to the House and Read, 
Complaining of Injury done him by a High-way being laid through his Land, 
whereof he has Complained to the Court of General Sessions of the Peace in the 
said County, and can obtain no Relief: Praying Redress from this Court. 
Ordered, That the said Petition be Dismist. 

Whereas it is Represented to this House, That the Colony of Connecticut, are Issu- 
ing out some New Settlements higher up the Country than the Line between this Gov- 



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ernment, and that, has yet been Setled ; and some Persons of this Province are desirous 
to make some further Inland-Settlements. 

To the Intent that no Errors be Committed by the Inhabitants of either Government 
in Setling out of their respective Bounds. 

Voted, That his Excellency the Governour be Requested to Write to the Gov- 
ernment of Connecticut, Desiring them to Appoint and fully Impower Commis- 
sioners to joyn with Commissioners of the Government to Run, and continue 
the divisional Line between the Governments, by sufficient durable Marks, and 
Monuments, until they shall have Pass'd Five Miles to the Westward of Houssa- 
tannuck River. 

That the said Commissioners be Desired and Directed to Perambulate the 
Line lately Setled between the Governments, and renew the Marks, and add 
more to them if they see it needful. 

That Samuel Porter, Samuel Thaxter, and John Chandler Esqrs; be appointed 
and fully Impowred as Commissioners in behalf of this Province for the affairs 
aforesaid, who are Instructed to Govern themselves in the further Continuance 
of the Line by the Direction in the Royal Charter to the late Colony of the Massa- 
chusetts-Bay. And to make Report to this Court. [ 18 ] 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Reviving and further Continuing of an Act Intituled 
An Act Directing how Rates and Taxes to be Granted by the General Assembly shall 
be Assessed Eff Collected. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

The Petition of Elizabeth Hobert, praying as Entred the 8th Currant, Read 
again, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the 
House, and accordingly, 

Ordered, That the Petitioner have leave to lay out Six Hundred Acres of Land 
in some unappropriated Province Lands, in one regular Tract, by a Skilful Sur- 
veyor, and Chain-men under Oath, and lay a Plat thereof before this Court for 
Approbation. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Ebenezer Doan, praying as entred the 1 8th Currant, Read 
again, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the 
House, and accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of /. 150 be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treas- 
ury towards the Building a Meeting-house for the Precinct at Cape Codd. And 
that Thomas Pain Esq; Capt. Ebenezer Doan, and Mr. John Snow be a Committee 
to receive and lay out the said Sum, and Build the House, of the Dimensions of 
32 feet long, 28 feet wide, and 15 feet Stud, with Galleries on three sides And the 
Inhabitants of the said Precinct are obliged to keep the said House in Repair, and 



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supply such further Sum as may be needful to finish the House, if any be, which 
the Assessors of the Town of Truro, for the time being, are Impowred and Di- 
rected to Assess, and Gather in such manner as the Law Directs for the raising 
Money on the said Precinct, to make up their Ministers Salary, and deliver to the 
said Committee. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of sundry Indian Inhabitants of the Island of Nantucket, pass'd 
upon in this House the 15th Currant: Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon 
there, viz. In Council June 19th. 171 7. Read and Non-Concurr'd, and Voted, 
That the said Island of Nantucket be annexed to Dukes County, and that a Bill 
be brought in accordingly. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-Concurr'd, and 

Voted, That the Honourable Board be Desired to Re-consider and Concur with 
the Vote of this House the 15th Currant. • 

A Petition of Thomas Prentis, Nathanael Jones, Ichabod Brown, and Daniel 
Henchman (in behalf of himself, and the Heirs of Maj. Daniel Henchman) Pre- 
sented to the House & Read, praying, That they may be allowed one Year more, 
for Building & Setling on their Lands in the Town of Worcester, the Three Years 
Limited, by this Court for that end under Penalty of Forfeiture of the said Lands 
being Laps'd. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of William Denison of Roxbury, praying as entred the 12th Cur- 
rant. Sent up to the Board. 

An Ingross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for Reviving and further Continuing of an 
Act intituled, An Act for Explanation of and Supplement to the Act referring to the 
Poor, &c. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

The Petition of the Innholders and Retailers of the Town of Boston, praying as 
entred the nth Currant. Read again, and the Act it refer's to. And the Ques- 
tion being put, Whether the prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Message from the Board by Thomas Fitch and Elisha Cooke Esqrs; That they 
are now ready to joyn with the House in the choice of a Treasurer, and other 
Officers as proposed by the House. The House proceeded to prepare their 
Votes for a Treasurer. 

Ordered, That Capt. Savage, and Capt. Dowse be a Committee to carry up the 
said Votes, and those for the other Publick Officers now to be chosen, and assist 
in sorting and numbring them with the Votes of the Board, and Report the choice 
that shall be made. 

The said Committee carried up the Votes of the House for a Treasurer of this 
Province, And Returned, That Mr. Jeremiah Allen was chosen by a major part of 
the Voters. 



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The House brought in their Votes for an Impost Officer. 

Which were cerried up by the said Committee. Who Returned, That Mr. Dan- 
iel Russel was chosen by a major part of the Voters. 

The House brought in their Votes for an Attorney General, which were carried 
up by the said Committee: Who Return'd, That Paul Dudley Esq; was chosen by 
a major part of the Voters. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

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VOTES of the House of Representatives. 

^obig 20, SDie ^Funii, 1717. 9L &£. 

ORdered, That a Message be sent up to the Board, Moving that a Day of 
Publick Prayer with Fasting, be in a short time appointed, and Solemnized 
throughout the several Towns of this Province, upon the various occasions 
thereof, and particularly the awful Frowns of Heaven in the distressing early 
Drought. 

Mr. Hutchinson from the Committee appointed, laid before the House a 
Draught of a Bill, Intituled, An Act in Addition to and Explanation of Two Acts 
referring to the Regulating of Fees. Which was Read. 

A Petition of John Campbell Post-master of New-England, praying Allowance 
for Publick Letters, and towards the charge of his Weekly News-Letter, with an 
Accompt for the Year past Amounting to /. 57 3 s. 8 d. Sent down from the Board 
having been Read there. Read. 

The Petition of John Lane, &c. praying as Entered the 18th. Currant, Read 
again, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by the 
House, & accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury towards the Support of the Ministry at Winter Harbour, for one 
Year, to begin the first Day of Octobet next; if they have a Minister, and propor- 
tionably for what time they shall have one. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Accompt of Bartho. Green, Printer, of work done for the Province, since 
June 28. 1716. amounting to the Sum of /. 54 17 s. 9 d. presented to the House for 
Payment. Read and 

Resolved, That the Sum of /. 54 17 s. 9 d. be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to the said Accomptant, to Discharge his Accompt. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Philip English of Salem, praying Consideration, and Allowance 
for a great part of his Estate taken from him (as was said) by lawful Authority in 
the late Sorrowful time of the Witchcraft. Sent down from the Board, Read 

there. Read. 

The Petition of Samuel Morris, &c. praying as entred the 7th Currant, further 
Considered, and the Report of the Committee thereon, viz. That the Petitioners 
be referred to the Common Law for Relief. Which was accepted by the House. 

Ordered, That the Commissioners appointed by this Court to joyn in continu- 
ing the Line between this Province and Connecticut, be Instructed to continue 
and finish the Line between the Towns of Springfield and Enfield, begun by the 
late Commissioners, at the charge of the said Town. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act to enable the Commissioners for Bankrupts Estates to 
finish the Business of their Commissions. Read twice. 



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^alf an il^our pagt 3 $ogt J^eritiiem, 

The Petition of Thomas Knowlton, and Jeremiah Buckman, praying as entred 
the 30th of May last, further considered, and the Report of the Committee 
thereon; which was accepted by the House, and agreeable thereto: 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Precinct of Chebacco with a Copy of this 
their Petition, That they may shew reason, if any they have, why the prayer 
thereof should not be granted, to this Court on the first Tuesday of their Sessions 
in the next Autumn. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That the Treasurer be Directed to put in Suit, the Bonds of all such 
who have any part of the first /. 40000. Loan of Publick Bills that was Lent to en- 
able them to furnish Supplies to the Army and Fleet, that was design'd in the late 
War against Canada, under Command of General Hill, and Admiral Walker. If 
the Obligors do not Discharge their Bonds within One Month after the time Ex- 
pires, that the said Loan was continued to them for. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act Granting unto His Majesty several Rates and Duties of 
Impost and Tonnage of Shipping. Read twice, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be and hereby is Directed, and Impowered to Is- 
sue forth and Emit of the Bills of Publick Credit, received into the Treasury, the 
Sum of Three Thousand Pounds, for Payment of the Publick Debts of the Prov- 
ince already Contracted, for the Defence and Support of the Government, and 
the necessary Protection, and Preservation of the Inhabitants of this Province, 
and for the Subsisting of Forts and Garrisons, and Wages arising for their Service, 
for payment of Grants, Salaries and Allowances, Made or to be made by this 
Court, according to such Draughts, as from time to time shall be made upon him, 
by Warrant or Order of the Governour or Commander in Chief, for the time be- 
ing, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Council. And the said Bills 
shall pass out [ 20 ] of the Treasury at the value therein expressed equivalent to 
Money; and shall be taken and accepted in all Publick Payments, at the Advance 
and after the Rate of Five Pounds per Cent. more. And as a Fund and Security for 
the same, There be and hereby is Granted to His Most Excellent Majesty, to the 
ends, and uses as aforesaid, a Tax of Three Thousand Pounds, to be Levied on 
Polls and Estates, both real and -personal within this Province, according to such 
Rules, and in such Proportion, upon the several Towns and Districts within the 
same, as shall be agreed on, and ordered by the Great and General Court or As- 
sembly of this Province at their Session in May 1720. and paid into the Treasury 
on or before the last day of December next after. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board by Col. Thaxter, Mr. Toy, 
and Mr. Remington, That this House being Informed that His Majesty's Ship for 



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the Guard of this Coast is arrived, Desire that the Sloop taken up for that Serv- 
ice, may be discharged. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

Beneri£ 21, Die ^uniu 1717, &♦&£♦ 

REsolved, That the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds be allowed and paid out of 
the Publick Treasury to His Excellency SAMUEL SHUTE Esq; Captain 
General, and Governour in Chief of this His Majesty's Province, for his Support 
in managing the Affairs of the Government. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Four Hundred Pounds be allowed and paid out of 
the Publick Treasury to the Honourable the Judges of the Superiour Court of 
Judicature, in Proportion to the Courts they attended the Year past. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds be added to the Allowance of the 
Reverend Mr. John Leverett, President of Harvard College, for the Year Currant, 
beginning in January last; and paid to him out of the Publick Treasury. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Pounds be allowed and paid 
out of Publick Treasury to Mr. Jeremiah Allen, Treasurer of this Province, for his 
Service the Year past, his Trouble being extraordinary in changing the Bills of 
Credit, and taking care for a Supply of the Garrisons, &c. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds, be allowed and paid out the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Mr. John White, Clerk of this House, in part for his Service for 
the Year Currant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty-five Pounds, be allowed and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury to Mr. John Flagg Door-keeper to His Excellency the Gover- 
nour, and this Court, for his Service half a Year, ending the 26th Currant. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act to enable the Commissioners for Bankrupt Estates, to fin- 
ish the Business of their Commissions. Read a 3d time and pass'd to be En- 
gross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to and Explanation of Two Acts referring to 
the Regulating of Fees, &c. Read a 2d, and 3d time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. Hutchinson, Mr. Lindal, Col. Somersby, 
and Capt. Chambers, and Capt. Osgood, Moving, That the Business of the Session 
may be so Expedited, as that the Court may Rise to Morrow, if it may be Con- 
veniently. 

Ordered, That the Representatives of the Towns of Boston, Charlstown, and 



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Roxbury, with such as the Honourable Board shall Nominate be a Committee, at 
any time (between this Session, and the Session of this Court in May next) when 
the Treasurer shall have Two Thousand Pounds, or more of Bills in the Treasury, 
that are Defac'd and unfit for use, at his application to them, to take an account 
of the Number of each of the sorts of the said Bills, and the Sum the whole 
amounts to, and give the Treasurer Receipt for them, and Burn the said Bills to 
Ashes; and make Report of their Doings to this Court as often as there shall be 
opportunity, whose Receipt shall be a Discharge to the Treasurer equal to what 
the said Bills would have been if they had continued in his hands. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Report of a Committee of the Honourable Board appointed by His Excel- 
lency and Council to provide an Able, Ordained Minister, to Endeavour the Con- 
version of the Eastern Indians, pursuant to the Votes of this Court in November 
last, Shewing what steps they had taken in that affair. Read, and 

Voted, That it be still left with His Excellency and Council to proceed in the 
said Affair agreeable to the Votes of this Court. Sent up for Concurrence. [21] 

A Report of Abraham Prebble, Lewis Bane, and Samuel Cane, a Committee ap- 
pointed by this Court the last Year, to Report how the dividing Line ought to be 
Setled between Wells and Kittery. Read and Accepted. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

J^alf an ^our pa£t 3 $ogt a^eritiiem. 

A Petition of Lewis Bane and William Sawyer, Presented to the House and 
Read, Praying, That the Town of York may be now restored to their Right and 
Priviledge, as the Shire Town of that County, and that the Superiour Court of 
Judicature, &c. and the Inferiour Court of Common Pleas, may be held there as 
formerly. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Referred to further Consideration, in the 
Session of this Court the next Autumn. 

Elisha Cooke Esq; brought down the Bill, Intituled, An Act for the Granting unto 
His Majesty, several Rates and Duties of Impost, and Tunnage of Shipping, Con- 
curr'd by the Board, with Amendments, to which they desir'd the Concurrence 
of the House. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Petition of Peleg Sloman and John Tucker of Dartmouth, in behalf of them- 
selves and the rest of the People of the said Town called Quakers, Praying Re- 
dress of the Injuries they suffer, by having their Cattel and Sheep taken from 
them from time to time, on account of their Ministers Rate. Sent down from the 
Board, Pass'd upon there, viz. In Council, June 14th. 1717. Read, and 

Ordered, That the Complainants serve the Adverse Party with a Copy of this 
Complaint, that they may be heard thereon before this Court on the Second 
Wednesday in the Fall Session. 



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And in the mean time all Proceedings against the said Peleg Sloman and John 
Tucker, relating to the Charge of the Ministry be suspended, and that the Con- 
stables who made Distress on the Complainants Estates, bring with them a List 
of the Rates. Sent down for Concurrence. Read. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the next Sessions, no Evidence of 
the Matter of Fact alledged in the Petition appearing. 

A Petition of Cyprian Whipple of Ipswich, Administrator to the Estate of Wil- 
liam Simonds, Son and Heir of Samuel Simonds Esq; deceas'd; Presented to the 
House and Read, Praying Liberty to lay out 800 Acres of Land, to fulfil a Grant 
made to the said Samuel Simonds by the General Court in May, 1661. 

Ordered, That the Petitioner have leave to lay out Eight Hundred Acres in a 
regular Form, in some ungranted Lands, by a Surveyor and Chain-men under 
Oath, and return a Plat thereof to this Court for Approbation. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Honourable Samuel Sewall, Pen Towns end, John Lever ett, and Thomas 
Fitch Esqrs, a Committee appointed by the Trustees for the Improvement of 
Mr. Hopkins's Legacy, were admitted into the House, and presented their Me- 
morial, Praying this Honourable Court to order a Skilful Surveyor and Chain- 
men under Oath, to view the uncertain Bounds of such Tracts of Land as are 
claimed by former Grants from the General Court, within the Township of Hop- 
kinston, and especially of a Grant called Whitehall Farm; and that Mr. Joseph 
Sherman, the Surveyor who laid out the said Farm, may be obliged under Oath, 
to shew the several Lines and Boundaries thereof. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. And Samuel Thaxter and 
John Chandler Esqrs, are appointed Surveyors to perform the Service. 

And that Mr. Joseph Sherman be directed to attend them to the Place, and 
shew them upon Oath how, & where he protracted the Tract of Land above men- 
tioned. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Two Engrossed Copies of the Humble Address of this Court to His Majesty, 
Sent down from the Board, Read and Sign'd by Mr. Speaker in the Name of the 
House. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, viz. In Council, June 21. 1717. 

Resolved, That Eliakim Hutchinson, Addington Davenport Esqrs, and Mr. 
Treasurer Allen, be Directed and Impower'd to inspect the Bonds of such Per- 
sons, who have or may have the Payment of the Loan Money, supplyed to the 
Canada Expedition, Respited, or further Continued; and to take other or better 
Security, if they judge it needful; and in Default of giving such Security, that 
the Bonds be forthwith put in Suit. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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£abfcati 22, 2>ie ^unii, 1717.9L.a9. 

AN Accornpt of Treasurer Allen's of Debts due from sundry Persons for Ex- 
ise, Annis, 1713, and 1714, which cannot be recovered 13c. Amounting to 
the Sum of o /. Read, and 

Ordered, That the Sums above mentioned be abated, amounting to the Sum of 
p I. And that the Treasurer be discharged of the said Sum. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Andrew Belcher Esq; and Jonathan Belcher of Boston, Merchants, 
Presented to the House & Read, Praying, That Fourteen Hundred Pounds, part of 
the Sum Lent to them in Bills of Credit out of the Publick Treasury, Anno, 171 1, 
to assist them to furnish Stores to General Hill and Admiral Walker, for the 
Army & Fleet under their Command, bound on an Expedition to Canada, may be 
Lent to them for one Year more, for Reasons therein given, and more especially, 
for that the Petitioners Goods were by the Authority taken from them for the 
Service aforesaid, to the Value of /. 21 15 6 s. 10 d. more than they could obtain to 
be Lent them in Publick Bills. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. The Case of the Petition- 
ers being different from others concerned in the 40000 /. Loan. [ 22 ] 

A Petition of Edward Hutchinson, Habijah Savage, John Ballantine Jun. Ed- 
ward Winslow, and Jonathan Pollard, in behalf of the Artillery Company in Bos- 
ton, Presented to the House and Read, Praying, That 500 Acres of Land, which 
are reserved to the Province in the Township of Rutland, may be Granted to the 
said Company, to satisfy a Grant made to them by the General Court, October 15. 
1673. 

Ordered, That 500 Acres of the iooo reserved to the Province in the Township 
of Rutland, be Granted in Answer to this Petition: But so that John Burril Esq; 
to whom the other 500 Acres is Granted, have the Choice at which End to lay out 
his Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Accornpt of Robert Ellis Surgeon, of his Applications to Serj. Daniel Tucker 
for two Years past, for the Cure of a Gun-shot Wound he received in his Body, in 
the late War with the Indians. Presented to the House for Allowance. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds, be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Doctor Robert Ellis, in full of his said Accornpt. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Accornpt of Joseph Marion, his Engrossing the Journal of this House for 
their three last Sessions, amounting to the Sum of /. 5 18 s. Presented to the House 
for Allowance. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Sum of /. 5 18 s. be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to Mr. Joseph Marion, to discharge his Accornpt. And that he insert 
proper Marginal Referrences in the Journal which he has Engross'd. 
-—.• Sent up for Concurrence. 



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An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for Apportioning and Assessing a Tax of 
Eleven Thousand Pounds, upon Polls and Estates. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for Granting unto His Majesty several Rates 
and Duties of Impost, and Tunnage of Shipping. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act in Addition to, and Explanation of Two 
Acts, referring to the Regulating of Fees, &c. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act to Enable Commissioners for Bankrupt Es- 
tates, to finish the Business of their Commissions. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Message from the Board by Andrew Belcher, John Clark, and Addington 
Davenport Esqrs, That the Owners of the Sloop which was improved a short time 
in the Defence of the Coast, Complain of great Damage they have sustained 
thereby. And the Board propose, That a Sale of some other Stores which were 
provided at the Province Charge for the fitting the said Sloop, amounting to 
about 34 /. may in Consideration thereof be given to the said Owners. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board by Col. Thaxter and Maj. 
Noyes, That the House agree to the said Proposal. 

A Message from the Board by Samuel Sewall Esq; That His Excellency with 
the Advice of the Council, had appointed Thursday the nth Day of July next, 
to be kept a Fast throughout this Province, agreeable to the Motion of this House. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Mr. Hutchinson and Capt. Chambers, That 
the House desire to know whether the several Bills and Votes of this House, that 
have been sent up for Concurrence this Session, are pass'd through the Court, ex- 
cepting those whereof the House has been advis'd. 

A Message from the Board by Thomas Hutchinson and Samuel Brown Esqrs; 
That all the Bills and Votes as aforesaid are Pass'd. And that His Excellency Di- 
rects that this House do now attend him in the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up. And His Excellency was pleased to Speak 
to the Court, as follows, viz. 
Gentlemen, 

I Return you Thanks for what you have done for Me; tho 1 I must take leave to in- 
form you, That the Expence I am at, even with decency to Support my Character, 
is greater than you may possibly imagine. 

I am informed, That some ill minded Persons have industriously spread it abroad, 
that I have Sold Employments. I take therefore this opportunity to assure you, That 
this Report is Villanous, False and Scandalous, and declare to you upon my Word 
and Honour, That I never have, nor will Sell any Place, but shall do my utmost en- 



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deavour in the disposition of all Offices and Employments, wholly to consult the Mer- 
its, Capacities, Prudence, Faithfulness, Loyalty and Virtue, of the Persons that I 
design shall enjoy them. 

The Unanimity with which you have proceeded in the Affairs of this Session is 
Praise worthy, and I question not but it will produce its good Effects. I believe the 
business you had before you, is as far finished, as your Private Affairs, and the Season 
of the Year will permit, and that you will be glad to go Home: I do therefore Prorogue 
you to the Twenty-seventh of August. 

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Anno Regni Regis GEORGII nunc Magnse Britanniae, &t. Quarto. 

JOURNAL 

Of the HOUSE of 

Representatives. 

At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in jlifto'CflnTglanD, begun & held at H50$t0n, upon 
Wednesday the 29th Day of SPa£, 0tmo SDOtttim 171 7. and continued by 
Prorogations to Wednesday the 23d Day of <BctObtt next after, and then met. 

A Letter from Mr. Joseph Hammond, and a Letter from Mr. Benj. Jones, 
excusing their not attending the House, Read. 
A Message from His Excellency the Governour by Penn Townsend, 
and John Wheelright Esqrs; That the House do now attend him in the Council 
Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. And his Excellency made a 
Speech to the Court, and gave a Copy thereof to Mr. Speaker, who with the 
House return'd to their own Chamber. 

His Excellency's Speech Read, and is as follows, viz. 

GENTLEMEN, 

SINCE our Last Sessions, upon the Advice of the Council and at the pressing In- 
stance of the Eastern Indians, / have been at the Island of Arrowsick, where I 
met with a considerable Body of the Indians of those Parts with their Sachems, and 
have in His Majesty's Name ratified \$ confirmed the former Treaty's of Pacifica- 
tion; and accepted their Submission, with promises of Allegiance to King GEORGE, 
and very great Assurances of Peace, Friendship and Faithfulness to this Government: 
As you will find by an account of that Transaction to be laid before you, so that I hope 
by the favour of GOD, we may depend upon having Peace in our Borders, if we on our 
part are but wise for our Selves and just to them. 

I have very lately, Pursuant to the Act of Parliament, for the Suppression of Pi- 
racy, and a Commission founded thereon, and inrolled in this Province, with His 
Majesty's Proclamation in the beginning of His happy Reign, as also His most Ex- 
press Instructions to Me for that purpose, Opened and Held a Special Court of Ad- 
miralty, for the Tryal of the Pirates we have had so long in Prison; And I doubt not, but 
that the great Care, Zeal and Justice of the Court in that Matter, will very much repute 
and Honour us x and have a good tendency to prevent the like Piracy's for the future. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 223 

/ have no late Commands from His Majesty to lay before you at this time, so that 
you will have the greater leasure to attend and sooner finish the Ordinary Affairs of 
the Province, and this being your usual time of the Year for it, I hope you will apply 
your Selves to the consideration and dispatch thereof accordingly, and therein, not 
suffer your Selves to be delayed, kindred or diverted by the Affairs, Designs or Insinu- 
ations of any private particular Persons, but be always and wholly Imployed in the 
general Affairs of the Government and Province, and also Animated and Acted by a 
Publick Spirit, wherein you shall always have my ready and sincere Incouragement 
and Concurrence. 

SAMUEL SHUTE. 

Mr. Eaton made his Excuse to the House for his absence the last Session. 

Ordered, That his Excuse be accepted. And the said Member was sent up to the 
Honourable Board to be qualified by taking the Oaths, &c. 

A Petition of Edward Johnson, in behalf of himself and the other Heirs of Capt. 
Edward Johnson late of Woburn, deceased: presented to the House and Read, 
Praying liberty to take up, and lay out 200 Acres of Land, in a proper figure in 
some place not yet granted, by a Surveyor and Chain-men under Oath, to satisfy 
a Grant made to the said Capt. Edward Johnson, Anno 1663. and present a Plat 
to this Court for confirmation. Committed. [ 24 ] 

A Petition of Hugh Pike of Newbury, Presented to the House and Read, Shew- 
ing, That he continues a Creple, and disabled from getting a Lively-hood for him- 
self and Family, by reason of a wound that broke his Thigh which he received in 
the Publick Service in the late War with the Indians, and which is not healed: 
Praying Relief. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Fifteen Pounds be Allowed and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Hugh Pike the Petitioner, for his Relief. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Report sign'd Henry Hodges, William Basset & William Southworth, a Com- 
mittee appointed the 31st Day of May last, to consider the Petition of John 
Brandford, Jacob Cooke, &c. and report their opinion thereon, Presented to the 
House and Read, Purporting that they are of opinion the prayer of the Petition 
should be so far granted, That a Township be Erected, the Bounds thereof to be 
altered from the Plat the Petitioners propose, as in the said report is particularly 
set forth. 

A Petition of William Shurtlef, Representative of the Town of Plimpton, in the 
Name, and per order of the said Town, Presented to the House and Read, pray- 
ing, That the said Report may not be confirmed until the said Town be heard; 



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And the Representative of the Town of Plymouth making the same motion in be- 
half of his Town. 

Ordered, That John Bradford, &c. Petitioners, serve the Towns of Plymouth, 
Plimpton, Duxbury and Pembroke, with a Copy of this Report, That they may be 
heard what they have to object against the Accepting and Confirming thereof on 
Wednesday the Sixth Day of November next. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

fobiji 24, 2Dic #ctofcri£ 1717. &♦ 90. 

MR. Treasurer Allen was admitted into the House and Exhibited, an Ac- 
count of the present State of the Treasury, which was Read, and he with- 
drew. 

A Message from the Board by John Higginson and Isaac Winslow Esqrs; In- 
quiring what the House had passed on the Petition of Peleg Slocum and John 
Tucker of Dartmouth, which was pass'd upon at the Board, and sent down the last 
Sessions. 

Mr. Speaker sent up the said Petition by Col. Hutchinson, & Major Savage, 
with Direction to acquaint the Honourable Board with the Vote pass'd thereon 
by this House the 2ith of June last, which they did and left the Petition. 

Ipaif an $our pa£t 3 $ogt S^critiiem. 

Ordered, That Major Savage, Col. Thaxter, Mr. Lindel, Mr. John Denison, Mr. 
Remington, Capt. Chambers, Mr. Porter, Mr. Lothrop, Capt. Southworth, Mr. 
Jennings, Maj. Skiff. Mr. Sawyer, and Mr. Coffin be a Committee, to project, and 
propose to the House a method whereby, a more exact Valuation of the Estates 
of the several Towns of this Province, may be obtained, in order to a more equal 
Proportioning and Levying of Publick Taxes. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act, in Addition to the Act for High Ways. 
Read a first time. 

And a Motion being made, and the Question being put, Whether the Bill be 
read a 2d time ? It pass'd in the Negative. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

1£enm£ 25, SDie <*Moori£, 17 17. 3L 0®. 

A Plat of 250 Acres of Land, laid out adjoyning to the South-East Line of the 
Town of Worcester, by David Haynes, Surveyor, and Chain-men under 
Oath, pursuant to an Order of this Court past the first of June last, in answer to 
the Petition of Ephraim Curtiss, presented to the House for Confirmation. 



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Ordered, That the Land Described in the said Plat be allowed, Granted & Con- 
firmed as the 250 Acres of Land, Granted in the Year 1674. to Ephraim Curtiss, 
provided it Interfere with no former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Plat of 150 Acres of Land laid out Contiguous to the Land in the Plat last 
mentioned, and by the same Surveyor with Chainmen under Oath, agreeable to 
an order of this Court, past in June last, upon the Petition of Malachi Holloway, 
Presented to the House for Confirmation. [ 25 ] 

Ordered, That the Land Contained and Delinated in the said Plat be allowed, 
Granted, and Confirmed as the 150 Acres Granted to William Holloway Anno 
1662, provided it Interfere with no former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Nathaniel Fadre, Praying that Twenty Seven Pounds may be al- 
lowed out of the Publick Treasury, and paid to him for Piloting his Majesty's 
Ships Rose & Squirrel from Boston to Nantasket, and from Nantasket to Boston, 
Sec. Sent down from the Board. Read & 

The Question being put whether any Sum be Granted, in Answer to the said 
Petition? It passed in the Negative. 

Penn Townsend, Esq; brought down from the Board the Petition of Peleg 
Slocum & John Tucker, Praying as entered the 21st of last June, for this 
House to proceed upon Vouchers to the Allegations thereof being now brought 
with it. 

Mr. Speaker sent up to the Board for the Petition of Thomas How, Isaac Ams- 
den, &c. Passed upon in this House the 30th of October 1714 which was not then 
passed on at the Board. The said Petition brought down and Read. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Mr. Prince now making his Appearance, was sent up to the Board to be quali- 
fied by taking the Oaths, \3c. 

A Petition of John Usher, Esq; brought down from the Board, by John Higgin- 
son, Andrew Belcher and Elisha Cooke, Esqrs; with a Message moving the House 
to Consider and Reward his Service in Purchasing the Province of Maine for 
this Province. Upon a Motion being made 

Ordered, That a Bill be brought in to regulate the Price of Shoes, and that Capt. 
Fullam, Mr. Parsons, and Col. Hutchinson prepare the same. 

The Petition of Peleg Slocum & John Tucker, mentioned in the Forenoon, Read 
and further Considered of 

Voted That the Petition be Dismist inasmuch as the Petitioners may have 
their Remedy in the Law, if the Constables, or other Officers are Chargeable with 
any Misfeasance. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Report Sign'd by Samuel Thaxter, John Chandler and Jonathan Remington, a 



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Committee appointed the 31st Day of May, to Consider the Petition of Isaac 
Amsden and 66 others. Presented to the House and Read. 

A Petition of Peter Smith, John Smith, &c by Wigglesworth Sweetser their At- 
torney, presented to the House and Read, praying as that entred the 12th of 
April last, with further request added thereto, That if the Court don't see cause 
to Grant their Petition, they will allow them a Hearing before they Deny it. 

A Plat of the Town of Deerfield, taken pursuant to the Order of this Court the 
nth of June last, presented to the House for Confirmation. And 

A Petition of Samuel Partridge, John Stoddard and Henry Dwight, Committee 
for Northfield, presented to the House and Read, praying that the said Plat may 
not be confirmed, for reasons therein alledged. 

John Appleton, and Addington Davenport Esqrs; brought down from the Gov- 
ernour an Account of the Interview his Excellency lately had with the Eastern 
Indians. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

c^afe&ati 26. 2Die #ctobri£ 1717. &. ap. 

THe Account of his Excellency's Interview with the Eastern Indians, which 
was brought down yesterday. Read, and 

Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be humbly Rendred to his Excellency 
the Governour by Col. Hutchinson, Mr. Tay, Capt. Chambers, Mr. John Denison, 
and Capt. Dowse, for the Care and Pains He has taken for the Service of this 
Province, in his late Voyage to Arrowsick Island; and the wise Management of his 
Interview with the Eastern Indians there. Particularly his steady Asserting and 
Maintaining the just Right, and Title of the English Subjects to their Lands in 
that Country : And at the same time assuring the Indians of Protection with Jus- 
tice and Kindness, from this His Majesty's Government while they Approve 
themselves good Subjects to His Majesty KING GEORGE. Whereby they have 
been Disposed to renew their former Treaties of Pacification: and [ 26 ] Recognize 
their submission and Allegiance to His Majesty, from whence there is a hopeful 
Prospect of Quiet and Safety to His Majesty, who are Resetling in those Parts. 

A Petition of George Phillips Clerk late Minister of the Town of Brookfield, 
Presented to the House and Read, Praying that he may enjoy and have Con- 
firmed to him Ninety Acres of Land formerly Granted to him in the said Town 
for reasons therein assign'd. Committed. 

The Plat of the Township of Deerfield, Exhibited Yesterday, further Consid- 
ered, being protracted by Timothy Dwight Surveyor, and entered thereon that the 
Chain-men were under Oath, but omitted to be entred that the Surveyor was. 

Ordered, That the Lands Protracted and Delineated in the said Plat, be the 
Township of Deerfield. Provided, It does not exceed the quantity of Seven Miles 



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Square, and be laid out agreeable to the Grants made to the said Town, and do 
not Interfere with any former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomas dyers, Joseph Ayers, &c. further inforcing their Petition 
offered the 12th of June last, presented to the House and Read. Committed. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Regulation of Fowling. Read. 

The Committee made their Report on the Petition of Thomas Ayers, Joseph 
Ayers, &c. which was accepted by the House, and accordingly, 

Ordered, That the Committee for Brookjield be served with a Copy of the said 
Petitions; And that they appear before this Court, on the Second Thursday of 
the next May Sessions, to shew reasons why they Declared the Petitioners Lands 
to be forfeited. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next three a Clock in the After- 
noon. 

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$rotoxnce of tije 2t£a&G?acfm£ett]6k2&ap 

VOTES 

of the House of Representatives. 

Euna? 28, 2Die <©ctoorig, 17 17, $. 0®, 

A Petition of Richard Dollof of Exeter in the Province of New-Hampshire, 
Presented to the House and Read, Praying Assistance towards Defreying 
the great charge he has lately been at in going to Canada, to recover three of 
his Children, that were carried Captive thither by the Indians in the late 
War. 

And the Question being put, Whether any Sum be Granted in answer to the 
said Petition? It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of Pain Mayhezv Clerk, of the Town of Chilmark, in behalf and per 
order of the said Town, Praying that the Estate of Peleg Slocunt and John 
Tucker Quakers may be exempted from paying towards the Maintenance of the 
Ministry, and all Ecclesiastical charge in the said Town, and that the said Town 
may be enabled to raise their Ministers Salary, and Ecclesiastical charge with- 
out Rating their Estates, Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In 
Council October 25th 1717. Read and ordered that the Prayer of the Petition be 
Granted. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-Concurr'd. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Regulation of Fowling, Read a 2d time. 

A Petition of Susanna Gray Widow, Relict and Administratix to the Estate of 
Samuel Gray late of Boston Deceased, John Gray and Benjamin Gray, Sons of the 
Deceased, Presented to the House and Read, Praying this Court to Impower 
themselves, or others to make Sale of a House and Land that was the Deceased's, 
which cannot well be divided, to pay the Debts of the Estate; the Surplusage of 
the produce thereof to be divided, as is directed for the Estates of Intestates. 
Committed. 

Mr. Speaker sent Maj. Chandler, and Mr. Mandsley up to the Board, to In- 
quire for a Bill sent up for Concurrence the last Sessions: Intituled, An Act in 
further Addition to the Act for Encouraging the Killing of Wolves. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board by Col. Hutchinson, Mr. Wil- 
liam Denison, and Mr. Porter, Desiring, That a Day of Publick Thanksgiving to 
Almighty GOD, may be Appointed & Celebrated throughout this Province, upon 
the various Grounds and Occasions for it. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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&£arttg 29, Wit <0ctofettg 1717, 2L a&. 

G01. Thaxter presented to the House an Accompt of the charge of Building a 
Hospital on Spectacle Island, amounting to /. 173. which was Read, and 

Ordered, That Capt. Chambers, Mr. Porter, and Capt. Fullam, be a Committee, 
to Examine, and Audit the said Accompt, and make report to the House. 

A Petition of Ruth Everton, Widow, relict of William Everton, and Sole Execu- 
trix of his last 'Will and Testament: praying, That She maybe Enabled to Sell a 
House & Land, that was her said Husbands for her necessary relief & support. 
Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. October 26. 1717. 

Resolved, That the Petitioner is fully Impowred by the Will of her said late 
Husband, to make Sale of his real Estate. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Non Concurr'd, Inasmuch as this House is of Opinion, That the 
Construction of the Will does not lie properly before this Court. 

The Petition of Pain Mayhezv, in behalf of the Town of Chilmark, pass'd upon 
in this House Yesterday, Sent down from the Board, further pass'd upon there, 
viz. In Council October 28th 1717. In consideration that the Inhabitants of Elsa- 
beth-I slands , are at so remote a Distance, that they cannot attend the Publick 
Worship of God, at Marthas Vineyard, Ordered, That the said Islands be Ex- 
empted from paying any charge to the Ministry, at Marthas Vineyard, until fur- 
ther order. Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read, and Non-Concurr'd. [ 28 ] 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Regulations of Fowling. Read a 3d time. 
And pass'd to be Ingross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Capt. Chambers from the Committee appointed to Examine the Accompt of 
the Building the Hospital on Spectacle Island, made Report, That they had Ex- 
amined the same, and find it right Cast and well Avouch't, and know no reason 
why it should not be allowed and paid. 

Resolved, That so much be further Allowed and Paid out of the Publick Treas- 
ury as with what has been already paid on this Account, shall make up the Sum 
of One Hundred and Seventy three Pounds, to Discharge the Accompt.. 

And the Committee are Desired to Proceed in making a Fence and Well at the 
best rate they can. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

apercurii 30. arte <®ttobti$ 1717* 9L .&$» 

A Petition of Gurdon Saltonstall Esq; Presented to the House and Read, 
Shewing That the General Court of the late Colony of the Massachusetts- 
Bay, Did in the Year 1650 Grant to Robert Saltonstall Three Thousand acres of 
Land, for /. 400 which his Father Sir Richard Saltonstall Laid out in the common 
Stock with a Proviso, that it should be laid out in October then next following, 



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But was then omitted & has not hitherto been done, Praying, That it may now 
be Granted, to the next Heirs of the said Robert Saltonstall. 

A Petition of Nicholas Coat, Daniel Littlefield, and Joseph Littlefield, Select- 
Men of the Town of Wells, Presented to the House, and Read, Praying this Court, 
to Appoint and send a Committee, or Surveyor under Oath, to run the Line, and 
settle the Bounds, between the said Town, and the Towns of Kittery and Berwick, 
pursuant to the Report of a Committee, confirmed by this Court, the 21st of 
June last, which the said Towns refuse to joyn with them in doing. 

The Report of Samuel Thaxter, John Chandler, and Jonathan Remington, which 
was Read the 25th Currant. Read again and further considered. 

And the Petition of John Brigham, and 30 others, Praying as entred the 23d 
Day of November, last, Sent for from the Board, and Read, 

And the Petition of Isaac Amsden, and 66 others, Praying as entred the 23d 
Day of Novemb. last. 

Ordered, That Mr. Porter, Mr. Remington, & Capt. Fullam, be a Committee to 
prepare a Draught of a Vote to be passed thereon, agreeable to the mind of the 
House manifested in the present Debate. 

Mr. Remington from the Committee appointed, offered to the House the 
Draught of a Vote accordingly, which was Read. 

Ordered, That Col. Hutchinson, be of the Committee to Project and Propose a 
Method for the more equal Levying of Publick Taxes, in the room of Maj. Savage, 
until he returns to the House. 

The Petition of John Usher Esq; Brought down from the Board, the 25th Cur- 
rant, Read, Praying that he may receive the Ballance due to him as Treasurer of 
the late Territory of New-England, or be impowered to receive the Taxes made in 
Sir Edmund Andross his Government, that are still outstanding, &c. 

A Message from the Board by Nathaniel Pain Esq; That Two Hearings were 
appointed to be this Afternoon, which (the Time being now too far laps'd) The 
Board purposes to be Adjourned till to Morrow Three a Clock in the Afternoon. 

Ordered, That the Proposal be agreed to. 

A Petition of William Street, and Mary Street his Wife, Susanna Patterson, Re- 
beckah Day, & Anna Leatherer, &c. Presented to the House, Praying, That they 
may be Enabled to Review an Action at the Inferiour Court of Common Pleas, to 
be holden in Boston, wherein Susanna Copestock obtained a Judgment by De- 
fault, for a Moiety of a House and Land in Boston aforesaid, belonging to the Pe- 
titioners, for reasons assign'd in the Petition. Read and sent up. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

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VOTES 

of the House of Representatives. 
^Potoig 3U 2Die #cto&rig 1717. & 09. 

THe Report of Samuel Thaxter, John Chandler, and Jonathan Remington 
Esqrs; upon the Petition oi John Brigham and Thirty others; Read again, 
and the following Vote Pass'd and Entred on the Plat of the Land Exhibited and 
prayed for by the Petitioners. Viz. 

Ordered, That the Tract of Land Protracted and Described in this Plat, to- 
gether with the Farms heretofore granted to particular persons contained in the 
said Plat be made a Township, excepting so much thereof, as the Report of Sam- 
uel Thaxter, John Chandler and Jonathan Remington Esqrs; Dated, June igth 
1 71 7. hereto annexed doth propose to have taken off and added to the Westerly 
part of Marlborough. And that Jonathan Remington, Samuel Thaxter, and Francis 
Fullam Esqrs; be a Committee fully Impowred to Grant and Lay out, the whole 
of the said Lands (except such as has been heretofore Granted) unto such Persons 
as they in their Wisdom shall think most likely to advance the Settlement of the 
Place, They paying the said Committee for the use of this Province, not exceed- 
ing Twelve Pence per Acre for the said Land, and the Charges of the Committee 
for laying out the same, which is to be done, in as convenient, and defensible a 
manner as the Circumstances of the Place will admit of: Provided, They have 
there at least Forty Families settled, with an Orthodox Minister, within the space 
of Three Years, and that a Lot with other Accommodations, as large and conven- 
ient as the Place will admit of, in the Judgment of the said Committee, be laid 
out to the first Settled Minister. Also a Lot for the Ministry, and another for 
the use of a School. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Elisha Cooke Esq; That the Two Hearings ad- 
journ'd yesterday, to this afternoon be further adjourn'd 'till to morrow in the 
forenoon. 

Voted, That the said Hearings be so adjourned. 

A Petition of Eliazer Rogers of Plymouth, presented to the House and Read, 
Shewing, that in the Year 1697. he received two grievous Wounds, one in his 
Head, the other through his Thigh, whereby he is much disabled from following 
his Employment, Praying relief from the Court, which he thankfully acknowl- 
edges they have heretofore granted him. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Eleazer Rogers the Petitioner for his relief. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



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The Petition of Isaac Amsden and 66 others, Inhabitants of the Westerly part 
of Marlborough, praying as entred the 9th of November last, further considered, 
and 

Ordered, That the Petitioners, prepare a Plat (Taken by an able Surveyor) of 
the Land which they desire, and the Town of Marlborough agree should be set off, 
and made a seperate Township, including therein the Land which the Report of 
Samuel Thaxter Esq; &c. Dated June 19th 1717. proposes should be laid to them, 
and present it to this Court for allowance. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Samuel Clark of Ipswich, who was Wounded in the Service at 
Pemmaquid Fort 21 years since, whereby he is now rendred unable to Labour to 
support himself. Presented to the House and Read, Praying that Ten Pounds 
may be added to the Forty Shillings Pension, he now enjoys. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Ten Pounds be Allowed and Paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to Samuel Clark the Petitioner, for this Year, over and above his stated 
Annual Pension. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Stebens, Sen. Joseph Parsons and 72 others, presented to 
the House and Read, praying that a Tract of Land of Eight Miles square, may be 
Granted to them, at a Houssatunnuch River, and be Erected into a Town-ship. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to An Act, Intituled, An Act, for the due 
Assize of Bread. Read a first time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for securing Passengers on the Road over Boston Neck. 
Read a first time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 30 ] 

Benmg i. SDie |f!otoembri£ 17 17* 9U 9& 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition to the Act, Intituled, An Act for 
Encouraging the Killing of Wolves. Read a first time. 

Mr. Speaker laid before the House a Publick Letter he had lately received from 
Mr. Agent Dummer, Dated Aug 29. 1717. with sundry other Papers referr'd to 
therein, under the same Cover, which were read, and sent up to the Board by 
Major Chandler. 

A Petition of Abraham Prebble, Lewis Bane, and Samuel Cane, Three of the 
Five Commissioners appointed to receive and let out the Proportion of the Hun- 
dred Thousand Pounds of Bills of Publick Credit, lately ordered by this Court to 
be Lent out, belonging to the County of York, Presented to the House and Read, 
Praying that they may be enabled to receive the same notwithstanding Two of 
the said Commissioners are absent. 

A Message from the Board by Adam Winthrop Esq; That the House do now 



Journal of the House of Representatives 233 

come up to the Council Chamber to attend the Hearings appointed to be this 
Day. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. 

And the East and West Parts of the Town of Salisbury being fully heard by 
their Council learned in the Law, upon their Difference relating to an Agreement 
of the said Town to have Two Meeting-Houses therein, l$c. Mr. Speaker with the 
House returned to their own Chamber. 

A Petition of John Gore of Roxbury, Presented to the House and Read, Praying 
that he may have leave, by a Surveyor and Chain-men under Oath to take up 
and lay out in some vacant place, One Hundred and Eighty Eight Acres of Land, 
which was Granted, Anno 1688. to Rhoda Gore his Grandmother, which has not 
yet been laid out. 

A Petition of Samuel Humphry, Josiah Torrey, & Zecheriah Bicknel, Agents for 
the Society, in the West Part of the Town of Swanzey, Presented to the House 
and Read, Praying that a Township may be set off and Constituted in the West 
Part of the said Town, to contain the Lands of Pheebe's Neck, New Meadow 
Neck, and Brooks his Pasture. 

Upon a Motion being made. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners be admitted into the House, to speak to their 
Petition. 

They came in accordingly, and were heard and withdrew. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners serve the Town of Swanzey with a Copy of this 
Petition, That they may be heard before this Court if they have any Thing to 
alledge why the Prayer thereof should not be Granted on Fryday next. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Adam Winthrop Esq; That the House now come 
up to the Council Chamber, to attend the Hearing appointed on the Petition of 
Thomas Knowlton and Jeremiah Buckman of Ipswich, to be dismist from the Pre- 
cinct in the said Town called Chebacco, to that called the Hamlet Precinct. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and when the Parties were 
fully heard, Returned again to their own Chamber. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

<f>abfcati i. 2Die |£oijembri£, 1717. 8L ap. 

A Petition of Thomas Drake and Seventeen others Inhabitants of the Easterly 
End of Taunton North Purchase, Praying that the said Tract of Land may 
be Constituted a Township, Sent down from the Board, having been Read there 
the 30th Day of October last. Read. 



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A Petition of John Pierson and thirteen others belonging to the Precinct in the 
North West part of Lynn, Presented to the House & Read, Praying that this 
Court will appoint three or more suitable Persons, from time to time to methodize 
and call Precinct meetings there, and do such other things as are requisite to be 
done in order to their having a Minister Settled with them (the major part of the 
said Precinct refusing to take methods for such Settlement) or that this Court 
would give such other Directions, as they shall think proper, that a Minister may 
be Settled among them. 

Ordered, That Mr. Remington, Capt. Fullam, Mr. Turner, Mr. Parsons and Mr. 
Eaton, be a Committee to whom the said Petition is referred. 

The Petition of Abraham Prebble, Lewis Bane and Samuel Cane, Praying as 
Entered yesterday further Considered. 

And the Question being put whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It Pass'd in the Negative. 

The Petition of Thomas Knowlton and Jeremiah Buckman, upon which a hearing 
was had Yesterday. Sent down from the Board, Pass'd upon there, viz. In Coun- 
cil Novemb. 2. 1717. Upon a full hearing had Yesterday, upon the Petition. 

Voted, That the Prayer of the Petition be not Granted. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next three a Clock in the Afternoon. 

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VOTES 

of the House of Representatives. 
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A Bill, Intituled, ^n ^<:2 zn further Addition to the Act, Intituled, An Act for 
Encouraging the Killing of Wolves, Read a 2d time. 

A Bill, Intituled, An Act for securing Passengers on the Road over Boston-Neck. 
Read a 2d time. 

A Petition of Thomas Turner in behalf of Jonathan Briant and Mary his Wife, 
she being Administratix to the Estate of her late Husband, Thomas Little, de- 
ceas'd, Presented to the House and Read, Praying, That Five Pounds, Ten Shil- 
lings may be allowed, for the said Little his Curing of Tom George, a Cape-Cod 
Indian, Taken lame in the Service Anno 1710. as -per Account, Read. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Five Pounds Ten Shillings, be Allowed and Paid out 
of the Publick Treasury, to Mr. Thomas Turner the Petitioner, to Discharge the 
said Accompt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to an An [Act] Intituled, An Act for the due 
Assize of Bread. Read a 2d. time. 

A Message from the Broad by Samuel Sewall, John Clark, Addington Davenport 
& Thomas Fitch Esqrs; That Advice is come to His Excellency the Governour, 
that the Government of the Province of New-Hampshire had a few Days since 
committed to Prison, one John Kenniston of Stratham in that Province, upon 
Suspicion, That he together with one John Fox, (who is Absconded) have Mur- 
dered an Indian there, and that the said Kenniston, had found means to make his 
Escape out of Prison; Moving the House to consider of and grant a Reward to 
any Person or Persons that shall Apprehend the said Kenniston & Fox, or either of 
them. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board by Col. Hutchinson, Maj. 
Savage, Mr. Remington, Capt. Chambers, and Mr. Turner, that this House is of 
Advice, That a Prsemium be Allowed and Paid out of the Publick Treasury of 
One Hundred Pounds, for each, or either of the said John Kenniston, or John Fox, 
to such Person or Persons as shall (after Proclamation Issued) Apprehend them, or 
either of them in this Province, and Render them to any of His Majesty's Justices. 

Col. Hutchinson from the Committee appointed to Project, and Propose a 
Method for more equal Raising of Publick Taxes; Presented a Bill for that end, 
Intituled, An Act for the better Inquiry into the Rateable Estate of this Province: 
Which was Read. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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S^arti^ 5, Die |£otoembrig 1717* &. ap. 

THe Petition of the Inhabitants of the Old Town in Salisbury, upon which 
there was a Hearing the 1st Currant. Sent down from the Board the 2d 
Currant, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, Novemb. I. 1717. Upon a full Hearing 
had this Day by Appointment upon the within Petition. Resolved and Ordered, 
That the Vote of the Town of Salisbury bearing Date the 28th of July 1714. re- 
lating to the repairing the Old Meeting House in the said Town, and the Building 
a New One, in the lower part thereof, be and is hereby Allowed of, and Con- 
firmed. 

And that the Salary of Eighty Pounds per Annum Allowed to the Reverend 
Mr. Caleb Cushing be no ways lessened or diminished. 
Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd, the last Paragraph excepted, Inasmuch as Mr. Cushings 
Salary is already Setled by Agreement and Votes of the Town, and we would not 
Suppose the Town so unjust as to endeavour to Diminish it. 

A Petition of Joseph Briant, Sen. Thomas Briant, Joseph Briant Jun. Benj. 
Perry, Ruth Perry and Judith Briant, of Situate, Praying, That an Entail, which 
their late Father John Briant of the said Town, Deceased, by his last Will & 
Testament, made of some of his Lands, may be cut off, for Reasons set forth in 
the Petition. Sent down from the Board, Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, Novemb. 
2th 1 71 7. Read and Ordered, That the prayer of this [32 ] Petition be Granted; 
and that the Petitioners have leave to bring in a Bill accordingly. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

The Petition of Nicholas Coal, Daniel Littlefield, and Joseph Little field, Select- 
men of the Town of Wells, Praying as entred the 30^ day of the last Month, 
Read again, and 

Ordered, That Abraham Prebble Esq; Lewis Bane Esq; and Mr. Peter Nowell, be 
a Committee to take care, that the divisional Line between the Town of Wells, 
and the Towns of Kittery, and Berwick, be run and Setled, pursuant to the Vote 
of this Court relating thereto, by a Surveyor and Chain-men under Oath; Notify- 
ing the said Towns when they proceed in the Affair: And make report to this 
Court. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Stebbins, Representative of the Town of Springfield, Pre- 
sented to the House and Read, Praying, That the Vote of this Court pass'd the 
last Session, for running a New Line between the Towns of Springfield, and En- 
field, may be Reconsidered, and that the Ancient Line of the said Town of Spring' 
field may be Confirmed. 

Mr. Remington, from the Committee appointed, Made Report on the Petition 
of John Pierson, &c. the prayer whereof is entred the 2d Currant, which was ac- 
cepted by the House, and accordingly, 



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Ordered, That upon Application made to a Justice of Peace, in said County, by- 
five or more of the Inhabitants, of said Part of Lynn for a Precinct Meeting; Such 
Justice is hereby Impowred to Grant a Warrant for such Meeting, expressing the 
Time, Place and Occasion thereof, Directed to one of the Constables of said Town 
of Lynn, requiring him to Notify such Inhabitants, of said Meeting according to 
the Direction of said Warrant 14 Days before the day appointed for such Meet- 
ing. And that at such Meeting the Inhabitants of said Precinct, be Impowred to 
appoint any other way, or method of Calling Meetings for the future. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 
" The Petition of Lewis Bane, and William Sawyer, referr'd to this Session, the 
2lst. Day of June last. Read again, and 

A Petition of Abraham Prebble, Richard Milberry, and Samuel Cane, Select-men 
of the Town of York, Presented to the House and Read, Praying this Court to 
Order that the Office for Registring of Deeds, and Conveyances of Land may not 
be kept at Kittery, as now it is, but be removed, and kept at York the Shire Town, 
as the Law directs. 

Ordered, That the Town of Kittery be served with a Copy of the said Petitions, 
and be heard thereon before this Court, on the 2d Wednesday of their Session in 
May next, if they have any thing to object why the prayers thereof should not be 
Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Regulation of Fowling; Brought down 
from the Board, Concurr'd with some Amendments. The said Amendments 
Read, and Concurr'd. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Inquiry into the Rateable Estate of this 
Province. Read a 2d. time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition to the Act for Encouraging the Killing 
of Wolves, Read a 3d time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Ellis of Brookline, Presented to the House & Read, Shewing 
that in January 171 5, he made a Conveyance of a Messuage with thirty Acres of 
Land in the said Town to his Son in Law Simon Rogers, to secure it from some un- 
just Claims, that he was informed it would otherwise be Subjected to, upon the 
Promise & Assurance of the said Rogers that he would Reconvey it to him, which 
he now refuses to do, but Sues him for Rent for the same, Praying this Court to 
Cite the said Rogers to appear before them, to shew cause if he can, why the said 
Estate should not be Reconveyed to the Petitioner. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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a^crcurii 6. SDie l^otoemfcrxg, 1717. 8L ap. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Inquiry into the Rateable Estate of this 
Province, Read, a 3d time 

And a form of a List, of Estate both Real and Personal, prepared pursuant 
thereto. Read. 

Ordered, That the said Bill do pass to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by the Honourable John Higginson Esq; that the 
hearing of the Towns of Plymouth, Duxbury, Plimpton and Pembroke, appointed 
the 23d Currant to be this Day, on the Report of the Committee upon the Peti- 
tion of John Bradford, &c. be deferred till to morrow in the Afternoon, the Parties 
not being yet ready. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board viz. In Council Novemb. 6 1717. 
Ordered, that the Honourable Elisha Hutchinson, Thomas Fitch and Adam Win- 
throp, Esqrs; with such as the Honourable House of Representatives shall ap- 
point, be a Committee forthwith to prepare and lay before this Court, an Answer 
to Mr. Agent Dummers last Letter, and such further Instructions to him as shall 
be judged necessary. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurrd. 

And Jonathan Remington, Edward Hutchinson, & Samuel Thaxter, Esqrs; and 
Mr. Thomas Turner are joined in the Affair. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

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VOTES 

of the House of Representatives, 
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ORdered, That Capt. Plaisted's Excuse be accepted for his Absence this Ses- 
sion till this time. 
A Petition of James Grant, &c. Select-men of the Town of Berwick, presented 
to the House and Read, Praying that the Bounds between the said Town, and 
the Town of Wells, may be Setled pursuant to the Order of this Court relating 
thereto, passed in the Year 171 1. 

J^alf an ^our pagt 3. $ogt S^mDiem. 

A Message from the Honourable Board by Thomas Hutchinson Esq; That the 
House do now come up to the Council Chamber, to Attend the Hearing ap- 
pointed to be this day of the Towns of Plymouth, Plimpton, Duxbury and Pem- 
broke, upon the Report of the Committee, to whom the Petition of John Bradford, 
Jacob Cook, &c. was referr'd. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and after the Parties were 
fully heard, Return'd again to their own Chamber. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

Vmtxi$ 8. 2Die $otoemfirig, 1717* 8L &$♦ 

A Letter from the Reverend Mr. Joseph Baxter, a Missionary sent by this 
Court to Evangelize the Indians Inhabiting the Eastern Parts of this Prov- 
ince. And a Letter from the said Indians sent down from the Board. And Read. 

Samuel Porter, Samuel Thaxter, and John Chandler Esqrs; Commissioners ap- 
pointed by this Court at their last Session, to joyn with Commissioners of the 
Colony of Connecticut, in further running the Line between this and that Govern- 
ment, &c. Made Report, That they had proceeded in that Affair, and continued 
the Line five Miles beyond Houssatunnuck River, He. Which Report was accepted 
by the House, and sent up for Concurrence. 

The said Commissioners presented also an Accompt of their charges in the said 
Service, the Ballance remaining due & to be paid to them, being /. 32. 14 s. 2 d. 
which was Voted to be paid, and sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of William Reed of Lexington, presented to the House and Read, 
Shewing that he Apprehends himself greatly Injured by a Sentence of the Court 



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of Sessions of the Peace in the County of Middlesex, in a Cause between the Se- 
lect-men of the said Town, and Thomas Kendel of the one part, and himself of the 
other part, from which he Appealed to the Superiour Court of Judicature; but by 
Mistake filed his reasons of Appeal in the Clerk's Office of the Court of Sessions, 
whereas he should have done it in the Clerk's Office of the Superiour Court of 
Judicature; whereby he is precluded the benefit of his Appeal, Praying this Court 
to Enable him, to bring forward said Cause by Appeal before the said Superiour 
Court of Judicature, at their next Sessions in said County. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be Granted, and that a Bill be pre- 
pared accordingly. Sent up for Concurrence. 

3, $o£t &£eri&iem. 

A Message from the Honourable Board by Penn Townsend Esq; That the 
Hearing appointed the 31st Day of the last Month, upon the Petition of Samuel 
Humphry, Josiah Torry, &c. Agents for the Society in the West part of the Town 
of Swanzey, to be attended this day be Adjourn'd to Friday next in the forenoon; 
Which was agreed to by the House. 

A Plat of Six Hundred Acres of Land laid out by John Chandler Jun. Surveyor, 
and Chain-men under Oath, pursuant to a Vote of this Court, passed June igth. 
last; Presented to the House for Confirmation. 

Ordered, That the Land Described and Delineated in the said Plat, be Con- 
firmed to Elizabeth Hobart of Haddam, in Satisfaction of a Grant to Mr. Samuel 
Whiting Sen. of Lyn, Anno 1679. Provided, It Intrench upon no former Grant, 
and contain no more than the quantity Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. [ 34 ] 

The Petition of John Bradford, Jacob Cook, &c. and the Report of the Com- 
mittee thereon, upon which there was a Hearing Yesterday; Sent down from 
the Honourable Board, pass'd upon there, viz. In Council, Novemb. 8th. 171 7. 
Upon a full Hearing had Yesterday before the whole Court, upon the within 
Petition. 

Ordered, That the Petitoners be set off a Precinct according to the Bounds 
mentioned in the Committees Report, and upon their providing and Maintaining 
an Orthodox Minister, and a Publick Reading and Writing School within their 
Precinct, that they be freed from any charge to the Ministry and School, in their 
respective Towns. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^atifcati 9. SDie |£trijemt»ri£, 17 17, 9L fl?* 

ORdered, That Major Chandler be added to the Committee for Petitions. 
A Memorial of Samuel Partridge, Esq; Effc. the Committee for managing 
the affairs of the Town of Northfield, Presented to the House and Read, Praying a 



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further Continuance of ten Souldiers in the Publick pay, for the Encouragement 
and Defence of the Settlement there. 

Ordered that the Prayer of the Petition be so far Granted, viz. that ten Men be 
allowed for the Defence and Encouragement of Northfield for one Year, Provided 
they be not of the present Inhabitants. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Isaac Little in behalf of himself and Company, Presented to the 
House and Read, Praying the Court to Grant them Assistance and Encourage- 
ment (as specified in the Petition) towards the making and Refining of Iron, set- 
ting up Slitting Mills, &c. 

Ordered, that Capt. Wadsworih and Col. Thaxter, with such as the Honourable 
Board shall appoint be a Committee to Consider of, and lay before this Court 
what may be proper to be done upon the said Petition. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Nathaniel Thomas Presented to the House and Read, Shewing 
that he has been injuried by a Way laid out through his Land by the Select-Men 
of the Town of Duxbury, Praying Relief. Sent up. 

The Vote pass'd in this House, the 26th Day of last Month, upon a Plat of the 
Town of Deerfield, Sent down from the Board, Non-Concurr'd. 

Ordered, That Capt. W adsworth, Col. Thaxter, Mr. Porter, Capt. Parsons, and 
Maj. Chandler be a Committee to confer with such as the Honourable Board 
shall appoint, concerning the said Plat. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Upon a Motion being made, The Petition of Nicholas Coal, &c. Select-Men of 
the Town of Wells, pass'd upon in this House the 5th Currant, was sent for down 
from the Board. 

Ordered, That the Vote on the said Petition be Re-considered. 

Upon the Motion of Mr. Samuel Plaisted Representative of Berwick. 

Ordered, That Col. Somersby, Jonathan Wade, and Henry Clark, be a Commit- 
tee, to take care that the Divisional Line between the Town of Wells, and the 
Towns of Kittery and Berwick be run and settled, pursuant to the Vote of this 
Court relating thereto, by a Surveyor and Chain-Men under Oath, notifying said 
Towns, when they proceed in this Affair, and make report to this Court, said 
Committee to be in the room of Abraham Prebble Esq; Capt. Lewis Bane, and 
Mr. Peter Nowel who were appointed for this purpose, by this House, on the 5th 
of Novemb. Currant, and that the Town of Berwick pay the Charge of the said 
Committee. Upon a Motion being made. 

Ordered, That Capt. Fullam, Col. Thaxter, Capt. W adsworth, and Capt. Par- 
sons, be a Committee to prepare the Draught of a Bill, for upholding and Regulat- 
ing of Mills. 

The Vote of this House Pass'd on the Petition of William Reed Yesterday. 
Sent down from the Board Pass'd on there, viz. In Council, Novemb. 8, 1 71 7. 
Read and Concurr'd. 

Provided the Petitioner or his Council prepare a Bill accordingly. 
Sent down for Concurrence. 



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A Petition of Ruth Child of Newtown, presented to the House and Read, Pray- 
ing that she may have Licence to Retail strong Drink in the said Town, 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted ? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

The Petition of Nathanael Thomas, sent up to the Board this Day, Brought 
down again, Pass'd upon there, viz. In Council, Nov. 9th 171 7. Read, and 

Ordered, That the Petitioner serve Messieurs John Partridge, and John Wads- 
worth Select-Men of the Town of Duxbury, and Mr. Thomas Fish of the said 
Town, with a Copy of this Petition, That they may be heard before this Court, on 
Fryday next, if they have ought to object why the Petitioner may not have Re- 
lief under his present Circumstances. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd, Provided the Petitioner bear the Charges of the Select- 
Men occasioned by such Hearing if this Court think it proper. Sent up 
for Concurrence. 

A Plat of One Thousand Acres of Land laid out by William Ward Surveyor, 
and Chain-Men under Oath, pursuant to an Order of this Court, pass'd in August 
1 716. upon a Petition of the Select-Men of the Town of Dorchester. Presented to 
the House for Confirmation. 

Ordered, That One Thousand Acres of Land as Protracted and Described in 
this Plat, be allowed and Confirmed to the Town of Dorchester for the use of a 
Free-School in the said Town, pursuant to, and in fulfilment of a Grant of the 
General Court, Anno 1659. of the said quantity to the said Town for that use, 
Provided, It Intrench upon no former Grant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next three a Clock in the Afternoon. 

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VOTES 

of the House of Representatives. 

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A Petition of Francis James, and Caleb Barker, Presented to the House & 
Read, praying this Court to encourage and assist, their Projection of mak- 
ing Flask & Sand ware. 

Ordered, That Col. Thaxter, Maj. Chandler, and Capt. Wadsworth, be a Com- 
mittee with such as shall be appointed by the Honourable Board, to consider of 
and lay before this Court, what may be proper to be done, upon said Petition. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
A Petition of the Inhabitants of the East part of the Town of Norton, Presented 
to the House & Read, praying that they may be set off and constituted a separate 
and distinct Precinct, for the Support of the Gospel Ministry. 

Ordered, That said East End be a Precinct. And that Capt. John Field, Mr. 
Ephraim Howard, and Mr. John White Surveyor, be a Committee to run and set- 
tle a Divisional line, by which it is to be set off, from the other part of Norton, 
pursuant to an Order of this Court, March 7th. 1710. And to make Report to this 
Court. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act in further Addition to an Act, Intituled, An 
Act for the Encouraging the Killing of Wolves. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 
An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for the better Regulation of Fowling. 

Read and 
Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

a^atftg 12. SDic i^obembriiBf, 1717. 9Lfl?. 

A Petition of Joseph Malliston, Presented to the House & Read, Praying En- 
couragement and Assistance toward the carrying on of Iron-works, by him 
Erected. 

Ordered, That Col. Thaxter, Maj. Chandler, and Capt. Wadsworth, be a Com- 
mittee with such as shall be appointed by the Honourable Board to consider and 
lay before this Court, what may be proper to be done upon the said Petition. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
The Petition of Joseph Stebbens, Sen. Joseph Parsons, and 72 others, Praying as 
entred the 3 1 . of the last Month. Read again, 



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And the Question being put, Whether the prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of sundry Deacons of Churches in the Town of Boston, presented to 
the House and Read, Praying, That a greater number of Bills of Publick Credit 
of the lower Denominations, may be made, which they find needful in the said 
Town, where the Ministers are Supported by free Weekly Contributions, to ac- 
commodate the same. 

And the Question being put, Whether the prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Memorial of the Honourable William Dummer Esq; Commander of His 
Majesty's Castle William, Presented to the House and Read, Shewing that some 
of the works there want to be Repaired, and moving that a Committee may be 
sent to view the same. 

Ordered, That Capt. Wadszvorth, Capt. Dowse, and Capt. Parsons, be a Com- 
mittee with such as shall be appointed by the Honourable Board, to Repair to 
Castle Island and view the Works there, and make report to this Court what 
Repairs are necessary. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Regulating the Souldiers in His Majesty's Castle 
William. Read twice. 

A Petition of the Inhabitants of Cape Porpus, presented to the House and 
Read, praying, That Col. John Wheelwright may be impowred to Regulate the 
Settlements making there, so as to be compact and defensible. And to demand 
and keep their Town Records. 

Ordered, That the Honourable John Wheelwright Esq; be Impowred to Regu- 
late the present Settlement of Cape Porpus, as to the placing the Houses so as the 
Inhabitants may be able to defend themselves in case of a War; and that he be 
further Impowred to Demand [ 36 ] and keep the Records belonging to said 
Place, until said Town be otherwise Regulated. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Marion, Deputy Secretary, presented to the House & 
Read, praying some Allowance may be Granted to him, for his Service in that 
Office. Committed. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition to & for the better Explanation of the 
Act Intituled, An Act for the upholding and Regulating of Mills. Read. 

A Petition of Lewis Bane Representative of the Town of York, in behalf of him- 
self and the Inhabitants of Saco, Black Point, and Casco, Presented to the House 
and Read, praying this Court to Grant to Humphry Scammon the Privilege of 
keeping a Ferry over Saco River. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Col. Hutchinson, Maj. Savage, Col. Thaxter, 



Journal of the House of Representatives 245 

and Capt. Chambers, Requesting his Excellency the Governour, that His Majes- 
ty's Ship Squirrel now bound to Barbadoes, may be ordered not to proceed on said 
Voyage; forasmuch as this House are of Opinion, that this Coast is in danger of 
being Infested with Pirates. And that his Excellency will please to Issue forth a 
Proclamation forbiding all Persons whatsoever Trading with or Supplying the 
Pirates, with Provisions or Stores. 

A Petition of the Committee of the Town of Brookfield, presented to the House 
and Read, praying this Court to Grant to the said Town 500 Acres of Land in lieu 
of the like quantity, laid out to Col. John Pynchon on Coy's Hill in the said Town, 
and confirmed to him by this Court in June 171 5. as the first half of the Grant 
made to his Father 

Resolved, That Five Hundred Acres of Unappropriated Land be Granted to the 
Town of Brookfield, in full Satisfaction for the 500 Acres of Land laid out to Col. 
Pynchon on Coy's Hill, in said Town of Brookfield, confirmed by this Court, June 
18. 1 71 5, as the first half of the Grant made to his Father John Pynchon, Esq; 
Deceas'd, Anno 1659, to be laid out adjoyning to said Brookfield, by a Surveyor 
and Chainmen under Oath, and returned to this Court for confirmation. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Samuel Thaxter & John Chandler Esqrs; Surveyors, appointed by this Court 
the 21. of June last, to discover the Bounds of Tracts of Land formerly Granted 
within the Compass of that which is now the Township of Hopkinston ; and par- 
ticularly of a grant called White Hall Farm, presented their Report, which was 
read. 

A Petition of Edward Burleston, in behalf of Twenty Proprietors of the Com- 
mon and Undivided Lands in the Town of Suffield, presented to the House and 
Read. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

Qfyttmtii 13. Die |£otocmfcri0, 1717, &♦ &£. 

THe Report of Samuel Thaxter, and John Chandler Esqrs; relating to White 
Hall Farm, &c. which was Read Yesterday, Read again, and 

Ordered, That Jonathan Remington, Edward Hutchinson, and Francis Fullam 
Esqrs; be a Committee to prepare and offer to the House, the Draught of a Vote 
to be passed thereon. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for taking off the Entail and vesting the Fee Simple of 

certain Lands in Situate, in Thomas Briant, for an Equivalent proposed by Joseph 

Briant, to whom the said Land was given Entail. Read and pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The following Resolve brought down from the Honourable Board, by Edward 

Bromfield Esq; viz. Resolved, That John Otis, William Basset, and Peter Thacher 



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Esqrs ; Justices for the Indians within the County of Barnstable, or any Two of 
them, at one time, with any Two of the Justices of the Inferiour Court of com- 
mon Pleas, on the Island of Nantucket, and no more, be and hereby are Im- 
powred, and Appointed from time to time, to be Justices of the Inferiour Court 
of common Pleas, and General Sessions of the Peace, to Hear & Determine, all 
Causes and Matters of Difference, between the English & Indians, and Indian & 
Indians on the said Island. And that a Bill be prepared accordingly. 
Sent down for Concurrence, Read and Concurr'd. 

A Petition of Elijah Danforth and Samuel Danforth, sent down from the Board, 
pass'd upon there, viz. In Council, Novemb. 13. 1717. Resolved, That the Purchase 
of the Lands made by the Petitioners of the Punkapog Indians, as set forth in the 
Petition, and be and hereby is allowed of, and confirmed, so far forth as the said 
Indians, have Right to Dispose thereof. Sent down for Concurrence. 

The Honourable Judge Sezvall having this day presented a Number of Books to 
the House. 

Ordered, That Edward Hutchinson Esq; and Mr. Isaiah Tay, Return the 
Thanks of this House to him for the same. 

The Petition of Lewis Bane, Praying as entred yesterday. Read again, and 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. 
Sent up for Concurrence. [ 37 ] 

A Bill, Intituled, An Act enabling William Read to bring forward his Appeal, 
from the Sessions of the Peace in Middlesex, to the Superiour Court of Judicature, to 
be held in Charlstown for the County of Middlesex, Read and pass'd to be En- 
gross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Edward Johnson, Praying as entred the 23d Day of the last 
Month, further considered, and the Report of the Committee offered thereon, 
viz. That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. Provided the said Two Hundred 
Acres has not been formerly taken up. And the Question being put, Whether 
the Report be accepted ? It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Joseph Stebbins, Representative of the Town of Springfield, 
Praying as entred the 5th Currant, further Considered. 

Resolved, That there shall be a Hearing of both Towns (of Springfield and En- 
field) upon the said Controversy, before this Court on the 2d Wednesday of the 
Sessions in May next; And that the present Representatives of Springfield and 
Enfield, notify their respective Towns cording'.y. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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THe Petition of Edward Burleston, mentioned the 12th Currant. 
Read again. 
Resolved, That the Act, and Determination of the special Sessions, holden at 
Nuffield on January 10th 171 5. Reported to this Court, with the Explanation 
thereof, be accepted and confirmed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Porter, Presented to the House and Read, Praying the 
Benefit of an Appeal from a Judgment of the Court of Sessions of the Peace in 
the County of Essex, to the next Superiour Court of Judicature, and Court of 
Assize to be holden for the County of Essex. Read and Committed. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

t£eneri£ 15* 2Die j^otoemfcrte 1717* 8Lfl$« 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further Addition unto, and for better Explanation of 
the Act, Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act for Upholden and Regulating 
of Mills. Read a 3d time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Elijah Danforth, and Samuel Danforth, and the Vote of Council 
thereon the 13th Currant. Read again, and 

A Petition of Robert Spur, Standfast Foster and Samuel Jones, and 46 others, 
Presented to the House and Read, Praying that a Hearing may be Granted be- 
fore this Court on the Subject matter of the last mentioned Petition, before the 
Prayer thereof be Granted. 

And the Question being put, Whether the House Concur with the Vote of the Hon- 
ourable Board in the Petition of Elijah Danforth and Samuel Danforth? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

Major How laid before the House a Plat of the West part of Marlborough, &c. 
Taken pursuant to an Order of this Court, pass'd the 31st day of Last Month, 
upon the Petition of Isaac Amsden, &c. 

Resolved, That the Tract of Land contained and described in the said: Plat be 
Erected into a Township to be called by the name of Westborough, The Inhab- 
itants to have & enjoy all Powers, Privileges and Immunities whatsoever, as other 
Towns have, and do enjoy, And that the ungranted Lands lying within the same, 
containing about Three Thousand Acres, be Granted to the said Inhabitants 
they paying for the same, as the Committee appointed by this Court this Session 
for setling the Lands of the New Township that is contiguous, shall order, and 
that out of the said Lands, there shall be reserved a suitable and convenient Lot, 
for the first setled Minister, which Lot the said Committee shall set out. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomas Terry, & Joseph Read Select-men of the Town of Free- 



248 Journal of the House of Representatives 

town, Presented to the House and Read, Praying that the Sum of Twenty Pounds 
may for this Year be granted out of the Publick Treasury towards support of the 
Ministry in the said Town. In answer to the said Petition, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury towards the Maintenance of the Ministry in the said Town for the 
Year coming. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intitituled, An Act, for altering the Time of Holding a Superiour Court of 
Judicature Court of Assize and General Goal Dilivery, within and for the County of 
Hampshire: And for reviving all Actionsli Process lately depending there, and dis- 
continued by reason of the Courts not meeting. 

Pass'd in Council to be Engross'd and Sent down for Concurrence. Read. 

A Message from the Board by Nathanael Norden Esq; That the House now 
come up to the Council Chamber to attend the Hearing appointed this Day upon 
the Petition of Samuel Humphry, Josiah Torry and Zechariah Bicknel Agents for 
the Society in the West part of the Town of Swanzey. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and when the Parties were 
fully heard returned again to their own chamber. [ 38 ] 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for altering the Time of holding a Superiour Court of 
Judicature, Court of Assize and General Goal Delivery, within and for the County of 
Hampshire, And for reviving all Actions and Process lately depending there, and 
discontinued by reason of the Courts not meeting. Read a 2d time. 

A Petition of Joseph Buckminster Esq; presented to the House and Read, 
Praying that his Plat of Three Hundred Acres of Land, laid out at a Place called 
Whitehall, may continue to be allowed notwithstanding what is objected against 
it; Or That if a new Survey must be taken thereof, that it may be ordered to 
begin and determin, where he shall direct, so as to include a Stream and Mill, 
and other Improvements, for the sake whereof he took up his Grant in that 
place. 

A Memorial of Nathanael Byfield, Nathanael Payne, Henry Mackintosh, and 
John Rogers Esqrs ; Justices of the Peace, for and within the County of Bristol, 
Proposing that an Orthodox Gospel Minister may be sent by this Court to the 
Town of Tiverton, and be supported out of the Publick Treasury for one Year, for 
reasons set forth in the said Memorial. Brought down from the Board by Nathan- 
ael Byfield and Nathanael Payne, Esqrs; and entred thereon, viz. In Council, No- 
vember 15th 1717. Read and sent down earnestly Recommended. 
Read and Committed. 

A Message from the Board, That the House now come up to attend the Hear- 
ing appointed to be this Day upon the Petition of Nathanael Thomas Esq; 



Journal of the House of Representatives 249 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly, and the Hearing being 
ended, Returned again to their own Chamber. 

And then the House adjourn'd till to morrow Morning nine a Clock. 

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A Petition of Henry Bridgham, Samuel Bridgham, William Kean, and William 
Tilley Jun. Presented to the House and Read, Praying that they may be 
allowed to lay out, and have confirmed to them, 4000 Acres of up Land and 
Meadow near Quinnebaug, which was purchased by their Predecessors of the Indian 
Sachems, Proprietors thereof, Anno 1655. before any Law was made to forbid 
such Purchases. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the next Session for consideration. 

A Petition of John Spooner, and Four others Inhabitants of the Town of Dart- 
mouth, presented to the House and Read, praying assistance out of the Publick 
Treasury towards the Maintenance of the Minister in the said Town. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the next Session for consideration. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for altering the Time of holding a Superiour Court of 
Judicature, Court of Assize, and General Goal Delivery, within and for the County of 
Hampshire, And for reviving all Actions & Process lately depending there, and dis- 
continued by reason of the Courts not meeting. Read a 3d time, and pass'd a Con- 
currence with an Amendment. And sent up. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for further Regulating the Souldiers in His Majesty's 
Service at Castle William. Read a 3d time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Memorial Sign'd by Henry Flint Clerk of the Overseers of Harvard Colledge 
in Cambridge which was sent down from the Board yesterday. Read. Moving 
this Court to make further Provision for the Reception and Entertainment of 
the Students in that Seminary, the present Edifices not being sufficient to accom- 
modate them. 

Ordered, That Major Habijah Savage,.Mr. Timothy Lindal, and Capt. Jonathan 
Dowse, with such as the Honourable Board shall appoint be a Committee in the 
recess of this Court to consider what is proper to be done in answer to the said 
Memorial, and make their Report at the next Session. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Stephen Stoddard, and John Orcut, Agents for the Society of Little 
Hingham alias Conihasset, praying that their former Petition to be made a dis- 
tinct Precinct, and the Report of the Committee of this Court, thereon, may be 
revived and reconsidered. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. 
In Council, Novemb. 5th. 171 7. Read and Ordered, That the affair of Conihasset 
be revived, and Reconsidered. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 



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Resolved, That Nathaniel Blagrove Esq ; be added to the Committee appointed 
to run and settle the Line between this Province, & the Colony of Rhode-Island. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Ruck and 17 others Proprietors of Augusta on Small Point, 
presented to the House and Read, Praying a further continuance of an Officer and 
Ten Souldiers in the Publick Pay to cover and encourage the Settlement making 
there 

Resolved, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next three a Clock in the Afternoon. 

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VOTES 

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HIS Excellency the Governour having seen meet at the Request of this 
House to allow the account of his late Interview, and Conference with the 
Eastern Indians to be made Publick. 

Ordered, That the Representatives of the Town of Boston be a Committee to 
take care, to get the same Printed at the best Rate they can, Reserving for his 
Excellency such a Number of the Copies as He will please to have, and one Copy 
for each Member of this present Court. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act Enabling William Reed to bring forward his Appeal 
from the Sessions of the Peace in Middlesex, to the Superiour Court of Judicature, to 
be held in Charlstown for the County of Middlesex. Sent down from the Honour- 
able Board Concurr'd with some Amendments. 

Which were Read and Agreed to by the House. 

A Petition of Joseph Ryall and Nicholas Sparrow, presented to the House & 
Read, praying that they may be discharged from paying the Sum of Four Pounds, 
which they are obliged to pay as Sureties for Rebeckah Philpot when she had Li- 
cence granted to her to Retail Strong Drink, Anno 171 3. She not living to Im- 
prove the said Licence. 

Resolved, That the prayer of the Petition be granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be and hereby is Directed and Impowred to Issue 
forth and Emit of the Bills of Publick Credit received into the Treasury the Sum 
of Six Thousand Pounds, for Payment of the Publick Debts of the Province al- 
ready contracted, for the Defence & Support of the Government, and the neces- 
sary Protection & Preservation, of the Inhabitants of this Province, and for the 
Subsisting of Forts & Garrisons, and Wages arising for their Service, for Pay- 
ment of Grants, Salaries and Allowances, made or to be made by this Court, ac- 
cording to such Draughts, as from time to time, shall be made upon him by War- 
rant or Order of the Governour or Commander in Chief, for the time being, by 
and with the Advice and Consent of the Council. And the said Bills shall pass out 
of the Treasury, at the Value therein expressed equivalent to Money; and shall 
be Taken & Accepted, in all Publick Payments, at the advance & after the Rate 
of Five Pounds per Cent. more. 

And as a Fund & Security for the same, There be, and hereby is Granted, to 
His Most Excellent Majesty, to the Ends & Uses as aforesaid, a Tax of Six Thou- 
sand Pounds, to be Levied on Polls & Estates, both Real & Personal within this 



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Province, according to such Rules and in such Proportion, upon the several 
Towns & Districts within the same, as shall be Agreed on, and Ordered by the 
Great & General Court, or Assembly of this Province at their Session in May 
1722. and Paid into the Treasury, on or before the last Day of December, next 
after. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message sent up to the Board by Col. Somersby, Mr. Lindal, Mr. Porter, Mr. 
Newman, and Mr. Freeman, Moving that the Affairs of the Session may be so ex- 
pedited that the Court may Rise to Morrow, if it may be. 

The Petition of Samuel Humphry, Josiah Torrey, &c. upon which there was a 
Hearing the 15th Currant. Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. 
In Council, Novemb. 18. 171 7. Upon a full Hearing had, before the whole Court 
on this Petition the 15th Currant. Resolved, That Phoebe's Neck, and New 
Meadow Neck, within the Town of Swanzey, be and hereby is Erected into a Town- 
ship, by the Name of Barrington ; and the Inhabitants thereof are vested, with all 
Powers, [ 40 ] Rights and Privileges, that other Towns within this Province by 
Law have, or ought to have and enjoy. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read & Concurr'd. 

The Petition of John Ellis, praying as Entred the 5th currant, Read again, and 

Ordered, That the Petitioner Serve Simon Rogers the adverse Party with a 
Copy of this Petition that he may shew reason, if he can, why the prayer thereof 
should not be granted, on the first Tuesday of the next Session of this Court. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

2$artig 19, 2Diej£otoemfcri£, 1717. &. 21$. 

A Petition of the Select-men of the Town of Roxbury, and the Feoffees of the 
Free-School in the said Town, presented to the House & Read, praying 
that they may have further time to lay out 500 Acres of Land, Granted by this 
Court for the use of the said Free-School, the time given for that end being 
elapsed. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the said Petition be granted. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 
An Accompt of Nathanael Paine Treasurer of the County of Bristol, from April 
14th 1716. to October 9th 1717. Examined & Allowed by the Court of General 
Sessions of the Peace in the said County, Presented to the House for Allowance. 
Read & Allowed. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Report of the Committee of both Houses appointed to go down to Castle 
William, and view the works there, iffc. Sign'd William Tailer. Sent down from 
the Board, Read, Signifying, That sundry Repairs are needful soon to be made 
there, as therein particularly expressed. 



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Ordered, That the said Report be so far accepted, That all the Repairs men- 
tioned therein be proceeded in as soon as conveniently may be, excepting the 
second Article relating to the Casemeting the Cover'd way: And that Capt. Jo- 
seph W adsworth, and Capt. Jonathan Dowse are appointed a Committee, to take 
care and see them effected. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Committee appointed to prepare a Vote on the Report of the Committee 
relating to White-hall Farm, offered a Draught which was accepted by the 
House, and the following Vote pass'd accordingly, viz. "Whereas a Plat of a Tract 
"of Land commonly known by the Name of White-hall Farm, lying in the Town 
"of Hopkinston, Surveyed & Platted by Joseph Sherman, was presented to this 
"Court by Joseph Buckminster Esq; and confirmed to him with the following 
" Proviso : viz. 

"Provided the Plat exceed not the quantity of the Grant (being Three Hundred 
"Acres:) And whereas it appears by the Report of Samuel Thaxter and John 
"Chandler Esqrs; who were appointed by this Court at their Sessions in May last, 
" to view the uncertain Bounds of said Farm, That the Land contained in said 
"Plat, is about Five Hundred Sixty-three Acres, & three quarters. 

Resolved, That the Grant of the said Land as Delineated in the said Plat, be 
Declared Null & Void: And that the Land belongs to this Province as heretofore. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Accompt of Daniel Russel Treasurer of the County of Middlesex, from May 
1714. to May 27th 1717. Allow'd by the Court of General Sessions of the Peace in 
the said County, presented to the House for Allowance. Read & Allowed. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Accompt of John Campbell Post-Master of New-England, amounting to 
the Sum of /. 87 13 s. 3 d. further considered, and the Report of the Committee 
thereon, which was accepted by the House, and accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty-six Pounds Sixteen Shillings & Two-pence, 
be allowed and paid out of the Publick Treasury to Mr. John Campbell the Ac- 
comptant, in full of his Accompt. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board, with the Plat of Deerfield, which 
was pass'd on in this House the 26th of last Month, viz. The Committee appointed 
by this Great and General Assembly to consider the Reasonableness for allow- 
ing [ 41 ] the Plat of Deerfield taken by Order of the House of Representatives, 
having Maturely considered the Evidences & Pleas there-about, are humbly of 
Opinion, that the Bounds of the Seven Miles Square granted to Deerfield, shall be 
and remain according to the Plat now Exhibited to this Great & General Court; 
provided the Line Run from the North end of said Tract to the great River, 
be an East Line, by Order of the Committee. N. Byfield. 

In Council, Novemb. 19th 171 7. Read & Accepted, sent down for Concurrence. 
Read and Concurr'd. 



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Ordered, That the Trustees for the Legacy of Mr. Hopkins, be Desired & Im- 
powred to take care that there be no Strip, or Waste, of the Wood or Timber on 
the Tract of Land called Whitehall Farm, a Plat whereof has been laid before this 
Court by Joseph Buckminster Esq; Sent up for Concurrence. 

Upon a Question, Moved by the Commissioners appointed to let out the Pro- 
portion of Bills of Credit belonging to the County of Middlesex, pursuant to an 
Act Intituled, An Act for the Making y Emitting the Sum of One Hundred Thou- 
sand Pounds in Bills of Credit on this Province ; Upon the sense of those words in 
the first Paragraph of the said Act, viz. "Who are to Let out the said Bills to such 
"of the Inhabitants of this Province as Desire it? 

Quest. Whether the Commissioners of each County are thereby Impowred 
after Three Months to let out any of the said Bills, that may remain in their 
hands, unto persons not having any Real Estate in the County where the Bills 
are to be Let, upon good and sufficient Real Security, as the said Act Directs, in 
any other County of this Province? It pass'd in the Affirmative. 

With Direction to the respective Commissioners to be very circumspect & 
cautious, that the Security they take be good and sufficient. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Memorial of Joseph Marion Deputy Secretary, praying as entred the 12th 
currant, Read, and the Report of the Committee thereon, which was accepted by 
the House, and accordingly, 

Resolved, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be Allowed, and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Mr. Joseph Marion Deputy Secretary for his extraordinary 
Service in that Office for Fifteen Months past. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Five Hundred Pounds be allowed and paid out of 
the Publick Treasury to His Excellency SAMUEL SHUTE, Esq; Capt. General 
and Governour in Chief of this His Majesty's Province, for His Support in Man- 
aging the Affairs of the Government. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Fifty Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to the Honourable William Dummer, Esq; Lieutenant Governour, in 
Consideration of his readiness at all times to serve this Province. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act for altering the Time of holding a Superiour 
Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and General Goal Delivery within and for the 
County of Hampshire, And for reviving all Actions and Process lately depending 
there, and discontinued by reason of the Courts not meeting. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act Enabling William Reed to bring forwad 



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his Appeal from the Sessions of the Peace in Middlesex, to the Superiour Court of 
Judicature, to be held in Charlestown for the County of Middlesex. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act Enabling John Porter to bring forward an Appeal to the 
Superiour Corut to be held in May next, in the County of Essex. Read twice, 
and pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Vote passed this Day on the Report of the Committee relating to the 
Repairing of Castle William. Sent down from the Board, Concurr'd. And the 
Ho-[ 42 ]nourable Lieut. Governour William Dummer is added to the said Com- 
mittee. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

Resolved, That the Treasurer be directed to purchase good Bills of Exchange 
for three Hundred Pounds Sterling, to be paid to Mr. Jeremiah Dummer in Lon- 
don, Agent for this Province further to enable him to Negociate the Affairs 
thereof. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Thirty Pounds be further allowed and paid out of 
the Publick Treasury to Mr. John White Clerk of this House for his Service in the 
Year Currant. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Twenty-five Pounds be allowed and paid out of the 
Publick Treasury to Mr. John Flag Door-keeper to His Excellency the Gover- 
nour the Honourable Council and this House for his Service half a Year ending the 
26th day of the next Month. Sent up for Concurrence. 

An Accompt of Samuel Thaxter and John Chandler Esqrs; of charge which they 
with Jonathan Remington, Esq; have been at in going to White-hall Farm, to the 
New Town joining to Marlborough, &c. In obedience to the Orders of this Court 
amounting to the Sum of Twelve pounds, presented to the House for allowance. 

Ordered, That the said Accompt be allowed & paid as shall be hereafter Di- 
rected. 

The Vote of this House pass'd this Day for preserving the Wood and Timber 
on Whitehall Farm so called. Sent down from the Board Non-Concurr'd, and the 
following Vote sent down in lieu thereof viz. In Council, Novemb. 19th 1717. 

Ordered, That the Trustees for the Legacy of Mr. Hopkins, be desired & im- 
powred to take care that no Strip or Waste be made of any Wood or Timper on 
the Three Hundred Acres of Land which this Court hath Resolved to rest in the 
Province ungranted Lands, by the voiding of the Grant of White-hall Farms, 
formerly made to Joseph Buckminster Esq; Sent down for Concurrence. 
Read & Concurr'd. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for the better Inquiry into the Rateable Estate of this 
Province. Sent down from the Board, Concurr'd with Amendments. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 



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Gemini 20. 2Die $otoem&rig, 1717, %. $®. 

THe Amendments made by the Honourable Board to the Bill Intituled, An 
Act for the better Inquiry into the Rateable Estate of this Province, Read and, 

Ordered. That the two last only of the said Amendments be agreed to. 
Sent up. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act for taking off the Entail, and Vesting the Fee 
Simple of certain Lands in Situate in Thomas B riant, for an Equivalent proposed 
by Joseph Briant to whom the said land was given Entail. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Petition of William Denison, Praying as Entered the 1 2th of June last, Sent 
down from the Board pass'd upon there viz. In Council Novemb. 20th 1717. 
Read and 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, and that the Petitioner 
prepare a Bill accordingly. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 

The Bill to be brought in this Session if there be Opportunity. If not, the next 
Session. Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Nathaniel Thomas upon which there was a Hearing the 15th 
Currant. Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there viz. In Council, Novemb. 
19th 1 71 7. Upon a Hearing had between Nathaniel Thomas, Esq; and the Select 
Men of Duxbury. 

Resolved, That Capt. Jacob Thompson, Capt. Benjamin Warren and Capt. John 
Dyer, be a Committee to Repair to Duxbury notifying the several parties to be 
present and view the Highway laid out by the said Select Men to Thomas Fish, 
and Inquire into the Circumstances and make Report to this Court at their Ses- 
sions in May next, what they think just and proper to be done relating thereto, 
the charge of the Committee to be born as this Court shall Determine. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

Capt. Israel Chittingden being of the Committee in room of Capt. Jacob Tomp- 
son. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Plat of 3268 Acres of Land, Presented to the House for Confirmation, to fulfil 
a Grant of 3000 Acres, which this Court at their Session in June last allowed the 
Town of Sherbon to take up. [ 43 ] 

Ordered, That the said Plat be not allowed of, but the said Town is permitted to 
take as a Plat of 3000 Acres only, at the place where they took the said Plat, by 
a Surveyor and Chainmen under Oath and present the same to this Court for al- 
lowance at their Session in May next, and in the mean time the said Town is Im- 
powred to prosecute any Person that shall cut any Wood or Timber on the said 
Land. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act Impowring the Judge of Probate to allow a divisional 



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Agreement made between the Children and Heirs of Edward Denison late of Rox- 
bury, Yeoman, Deceased. Read twice and Pass'd to be Engross'd. 

Sent up for Concurrence. 

The following Vote sent down from the Board on the Report of the Committee 
of both Houses relating to that part of Hingham called Cohasset or Little Hing- 
ham, being set off a distinct Precinct, viz. In Council, Novemb. 20th 171 7. 
Reconsidered and 

Ordered, That the Honourable John Higginson, Thomas Fitch and Edmund 
Quincey, Esqs; with such as the Honourable House of Representatives shall ap- 
point be a Committee to Inquire into and Consider the present Affair of Little 
Hingham, and make Report to this Court so soon as may be this Session. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

And Francis Fullam, Edward Hutchinson, John Chandler and Jonathan Rem- 
ington, Esqrs; are joined in the Affair. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act for the further Regulating the Souldiers, in 
His Majesty's Service at Castle William.. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Petition of Philip English, praying as entered the 20th of June last, Read 
again, and 

Ordered, That Mr. Speaker Burril, Mr. Isaiah Tay and Jonathan Remington, 
Esqrs; with such as the Honourable Board shall appoint, be a Committee to 
consider of the said Petition, and all the Papers relating thereto, and report 
what they think proper to be done in answer thereto, to this Court at their next 
Session. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Message from the Board by Eliakim Hutchinson, Nathaniel Byfield and Adam 
Winthrop, Esqrs; moving the House to consider the Petition of John Usher, Esq; 
Sent down yesterday. 

A Petition of John Wood and Elnathan Allen who purchased the Tract of Land 
called Whitehall-Farm of Joseph Buckminster, Esq; and Settled themselves and 
Families thereon, Presented to the House and Read, praying that three Hundred 
Acres of Land may be laid out to them in that place, where they have made con- 
sidereble Improvements. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It Pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of John Usher, Esq; Praying that he may be Considered and allowed 
for his good Service in Purchasing the late Province of Maine of Sir Ferdinando 
Gorge, Anno 1678, for this Province. Sent down from the Board yesterday, 
entered thereon, Read and Sent down Recommended. Read and 

Ordered, That Edward Hutchinson, Samuel Thaxter and Habijah Savage, Esqrs; 
with such as the Hononrable Board shall appoint be a Committee to whom the 
said Petition is Committed, to make Report at the next Session of this Court. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



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A Draught of a Letter prepared by the Committee of both Houses, in answer 
to the last Letter of Mr. Agent Dummer, Sent down from the Board entered 
thereon, viz. In Council, Read and accepted. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 

An Accompt of Samuel Tyley, Jun. of writing done for this Court the last Ses- 
sion, and this, amounting to /. 5. Presented to the House for Payment. Read and 

Resolved, That the Sum of Five Pounds be allowed and paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to Mr. Samuel Tyley, Jun. to Discharge the said Accompt. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

Col. Thaxter from the Committee for Petitions made Report on the Memorial 
of Nathaniel By field, Esq; &c. committed to them the 15th Currant, which was 
accepted by the House and agreeable thereto. 

Ordered, That the Justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions in the County of 
Bristol, be Directed to Procure a suitable Minister to Reside at the Town of Tiv- 
erton, for one Year, and that the Sum of Seventy Pounds be allowed out of the 
Publick Treasury for his Support. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

^otote ai. fiwe i^otoemfirig 1717* 8L ap. 

A Message sent up to His Excellency the Governour by Mr. Remington, Mr. 
Lindal and Capt. Osgood, That the House have no Business lying before 
them, and desire if there is none before the Honourable Board that the Court 
may Rise. 

The following Report and Vote upon the affair of Cohasset or Little Hingham, 
Sent down from the Board, viz. Pursuant to the aforesaid order, we have con- 
sidered the present affair of Little Hingham, and are humbly of Opinion that it is 
proper and reasonable that [ 44 ] the dividing Line should be and remain, as 
stated by the former Committee that went upon the place, all which is humbly 
Submitted. John Higginson 

In the name of the Committee. 
In Council Novemb. 21. 1717. Read and accepted. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 
A Petition of Joseph Buckminster, Praying that a Surveyor and Chainmen un- 
der Oath, may be appointed to lay out Three Hundred Acres of the Farm called 
Whitehall Farm, for his Assigns, to whom he Sold the same, and who have made 
Improvement thereon to the Value of /. 300. Brought down from the Board en- 
tered thereon, viz. In Council, Novemb. 21. 17*7. Read and sent down. 

And the Question being put, Whether the Prayer of the Petition be Granted? 

It pass'd in the Negative. 
The following Vote sent down from the Board by John Higginson, Esq; viz In 
Council Novemb. 21. 1 71 7. 



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Ordered, That the Honourable Eliakim Hutchinson, Addington Davenport, 
Thomas Fitch, Edmund Quincey and Adam Winthorp, Esqrs; with such as the 
Honourable House of Representatives shall appoint be a Committee to confer 
upon the matter of the Valuation Bill, and tc Expedite the Affair the Committee 
are desired to sit immediately. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-concurr'd. 

i^aif an $our pagt 3. $o£t Meridiem, 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act Enabling John Porter to bring forward an 
Appeal to the Superiour Court, to be held in May next, in the County of Essex. 
Read and 
Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act Impowring the Judge of Probate to Allow a 
divisional Agreement made between the Children and Heirs of Edward Denison late 
of Roxbury, Yeoman, Deceased. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

t£eneri£ 22. 2Dtc i^otoemfcrig 1717* &♦ &?♦ 

WHEREAS this House is Informed, That the Government of Rhode-Island, 
have fully Impowred the Committee, which they have appointed to Run 
the Line, between this Province and that Government to Agree, Corn-promise, 
and Issue the Difference between the Governments in that Affair, and finally Set- 
tle the dividing Boundaries. 

Resolved, That if the said Committee shall attend that Service so Impowred; 
That the Committee appointed by this Court, to joyn in Running the said Line, 
Be also vested with like Powers, And are hereby fully Impowred, to Agree, Com- 
promise and Issue, the Difference between the Governments, in the said Affair, 
and to make a full and final Settlement of the Line between that Government 
and this; And make Report of their doings to this Court. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Eliphalet Coffin and Judith his Wife, Elizabeth Coffin, James Noyes, 
and Sarah his Wife, Henry Jaques, and Mary his Wife, Lydia Coffin, Eleaner Cof- 
fin, and Joanna Coffin, Praying, That they may be Enabled to have another Trial 
of a Case wherein they Sued Samuel Webber of York, for 20 Acres of Land, before 
the Superiour Court of Judicature to be next holden in the County of York ; for 
reasons set forth in the Petition. Sent down from the Board, pass'd upon there, 
viz. In Council, Novemb. 21. 1717. Read and 

Ordered, That a Hearing be had on this Petition upon the Second Friday of the 



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Session of this Court in May next: And that the Petitioners Serve Deborah Webber 
Executrix of Samuel Webber, late of York, in the County of York, deceased, with 
a Copy of this Petition, that she may shew cause, if any she have, why the Prayer 
thereof may not be granted: The charge to be paid as this Court shall order. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

A Message from the Board by John Otis, and Adam Winthrop Esqrs; That his 
Excellency Directs this House to Attend him forth-with in the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. 

And His Excellency the Governour Prorogued the Court, to Wednesday the 
Fifth Day of February next, at Ten a Clock in the Fore-noon. 

BOSTON: Printed & Sold by 515. (Sr«n. 1717. [45] 



Anno Regni Regis G E O R G 1 1 nunc Magnae Britanniae, 8Lt. QlUUttO* 

JOURNAL 

Of the HOUSE of 

Representatives. 

At a Great and General Court or Assembly of His Majesty's Province of the 
Massachusetts-Bay in jliefcEkdEttglaiTD, begun & held at IBoStOlt, upon Wednes- 
day the 29th Day of $03,]), 011110 SDomillt, 1 7 1 7. and continued by Proroga- 
tions to Wednesday the 5th Day of $tbXUW[> next after. 

A Number Sufficient to Constitute a House not Appearing, Mr. Speaker 
Issued his Warrant to the Representatives of the Towns of Sherborn, 
Medfield, Wrentham, Bradford, Haverhill, Salisbury, Plympton, Bridgwater, Mid- 
dleborough, Rochester and Dartmouth, requiring them forthwith to Attend his 
Majesties Service in the House. 

Mr. Secretary Willard, came in and Acquainted the Members present, That 
his Excellency the Governour, had by and with the Advice of the Councill, Pro- 
rogued the Court by a Proclamation till to Morrow Morning Ten a clock in the 
forenoon. 

^otote 6, Mt f efcmarp 1717. 2L a&* 

MR. Speaker Sent a Message to his Excellency the Governour, by Mr. 
Remington, Col. Thaxter, Mr. Lindal and Col. Somersby, to Acquaint 
him that a Quorum of the House are now Met, ready to attend the 
Business of the Session. 

A Message from the Honourable Board by Samuel Sewall, and Samuel Brown 
Esqrs; That His Excellency Directs this House to attend him forthwith in the 
Council Chamber. 
Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. 

And His Excellency made a Speech to the Court and gave a Copy thereof to 
Mr. Speaker, and He with the House return'd to their own Chamber. 
His Excellency's Speech Read, and is as follows, viz. 

GENTLEMEN, 

I Had not given You or myself the Trouble of a Winter Sessions, but that thro 1 the 
Providence of GOD in the late Sickness, We were obliged to break up the last 
Sessions, before some Affairs of Importance were finished; and among others a Pro- 



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posal that was then made for some Additional building to your College at Cam- 
bridge. / doubt not but that it is very acceptable to you to hear the Sons of the Prophets 
say, The Place where we dwell is too streight for us! You are very much in the right 
to have the Interest of Learning much at heart: And therefore, if any further Buildings 
for that purpose be intended the next Summer, You must make the proper Provision 
for it this Sessions. 

I am glad to find the Trading part as well as the Gentlemen of the Country begin 
generally to be convinced, that as it was only the Necessity, and great Emergency of our 
Affairs, that brought us into a Paper Credit; so we shall never be upon a firm and last- 
ing Foundation, till we Recover and Return to Silver and Gold, the only true Species 
of Money. And to that End I would propose it to your consideration, whether a certain 
Clause in the late Act, for Emitting a Hundred Thousand Pounds; whereby the 
Commissioners are directed to let out any of the Principal Money of the Loan, after it 
is once paid into the Treasury, unless Repealed or Altered, will not have a Tendency 
to prolong the Inconvenience we Complain of. [ 46 ] 

/ don't intend by mentioning these particulars to confine you to them; but if any 
thing else of Importance, and for His Majesty's Service, and the Interest of the Gov- 
ernment, come before You it will I doubt not, meet with a just consideration. 

I have been inform' d that vast quantities of Deer were destroyed last Winter, and 
also in this, even when the Skins and Flesh were not worth fetching: If you don't design 
they should be entirely Destroyed, some Law must be made, for the preventing them 
from being killed for a few Years, and a weighty Fine laid upon the Offenders. 

I shall only add, that I design it for a short Sessions, and therefore hope You' I give 
every thing its proper Dispatch. 

Ordered, That a Message be sent up to the Board by Capt. Wadsworth, and Mr. 
Tay, moving that a Day of publick Fasting with Prayer, be Appointed and Sol- 
emnized throughout the Several Towns of this Province, upon the various occa- 
sions thereof, particularly the Epidemical mortal Fever that is in most of them. 

The following Report, Brought down from the Board by Benjamin Lynde, 
John Clark, Addington Davenport and Adam Winthrop Esqrs; viz. 

We whose Names are underwritten being a Committee appointed by the Gen- 
eral Court to Consider, what is proper to be done in answer to the Memorial laid 
before them by the Overseers of Harvard College at their last October Sessions, 
having met at the College in Cambridge, Decemb. 27th 1717. And Inquired into 
the Accomodations that are there, at present for the Students, Graduates and 
Undergraduates do find it necessary that some further Building be Erected for 



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the making Provision of Forty or Fifty Studies more, that all the Students may 
be Entertain'd within the College, all which is humbly Submitted by your most 
humble and obedient Servants. 

Samuel Sewall, Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas Fitch, Habijah Savage, Jonathan 
Dowse. In Council Read, and sent down Recommended. Read. 

ipalf an i^our pagt 3. $o£t St^mDiem. 

A Report Signed by Penn Townsend, Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas Fitch, Ed- 
ward Hutchinson, Habijah Savage, Isaiah Tay, Joseph Wadsworth, Charles Cham- 
bers, Jonathan Dowse, and William Denison, the Committee appointed by this 
Court in the recess thereof, to receive of the Treasurer, take Account of, and Burn 
torn and defaced Bills of Credit on this Province, Dated the 30th Day of Decemb. 
1717. Shewing that they had then received and burnt to Ashes the Sum of 
/. 10143.5 s.7 d. halfpenny, neet Bills, /. 6638 14 s. 5 d. half penny, part thereof was 
received for Taxes, Impost and Excise, which with the advance of five per Cent, 
as they were received into the Treasury added thereto amounts to the Sum of 
/. 6970 13 s. 2 d. and /. 3504 1 1 s. 2 d. the remaining part thereof neet Bills, received 
into the Treasury without advance, of the Trustees for the Letting out the 
/. 50000. Bills of Credit, making in the whole the Sum of /. 10475 4 s. 4 d. as they 
were received into the Treasury. Read and 

Resolved, That the said Report be accepted, and that the Treasurer be Dis- 
charged of the Sum of /. 10475 4 s. 4 d. accordingly. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Bacon Representative and Agent for the Town of Barnsta- 
ble, Presented to the House and Read, Praying this Court to confirm and ratify 
an Agreement made in and by the said Town, for the Division and Partition 
thereof into two distinct Precincts, for the maintenance of the Gospel Ministry in 
each of them, according to the Bounds of Partition set forth in the said Petition. 

Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted, and that the said Town 
be Divided and parted into two distinct Precincts, according to the bounds 
agreed on by them and set forth in the said Petition, each of them to enjoy and 
exercise all Powers and Privileges, necessary for, and belonging to a Precinct, for 
upholding and supporting the Gospel Ministry. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourned till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

Benerig 7. 2Dte fefcruarii, 1717. ft. 0& 

THe Report of the Committee entered Yesterday, relating to Erecting addi- 
tional Buildings at Harvard College, further considered, and 
Ordered, That the said Committee be desired to prepare and lay before the 
Court a Projection of such additional Buildings, as they think necessary to be 



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Erected at present, [ 47 ] and a computation of the Charge it will probably 
amount to, that further consideration may be had thereof 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

His Excellency's Speech Read again, and that Paragraph thereof relating to 
the Bills of Credit Debated. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to the Act Intituled, An Act for the better 
Preservation and Increase of Deer. Read a first time. 

The Honourable Mr. President Lever ett and Thomas Fitch, Esqrs; Two of the 
Trustees of Mr Hopkins's Legacy, upon a motion being made, came in and 
acquainted the House that great Strip and Waste has been lately made of the 
Timber on Whitehall-Farm, and they are taking care to Prosecute the Offenders, 
pursuant to the Order of this Court, and mov'd that they may not be Intercepted 
in their Proceedings. And withdrew. 

A Petition of Joseph Buckminster, Praying that he may be favoured with a 
hearing of his cause relating to Whitehall Farm, before this Court, Sent down 
from the Board, pass'd upon there viz. In Council, Feb. 6 1717. Ordered, That the 
Prayer of the within Petition be Granted, and that the Petitioner be heard 
thereon, on the 2d Wednesday of the next May Session, and that he serve the 
Committee of the Trustees, of Mr. Hopkins's Legacy with a Copy of the Petition, 
and that in the mean time no Strip or Waste be made on the Farm called White- 
hall Farm within mentioned. 

Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Non-Concurr'd. 

Upon a Motion being made, Mr. President Leverett was again admitted into the 
House and Informed them of the great necessity of further Buildings being 
speedily made for the Entertainment of Students at Harvard College. And with- 
drew. 

A Message from the Board by William Tailer, Nathaniel Byfield, Nathaniel 
Paine, Benjamin Lynde and Addington Davenport, Esqrs; That the Council had 
Concurr'd the Vote of this House of this Day, on the Report of the Committee, 
relating to additional Buildings to be made to Harvard College, and desired that 
the Committee might meet thereon forthwith. 

The Petition of Philip English which was pass'd upon in this House the 20th of 

Novemb. last. Sent down from the Board pass'd on there, viz. In Council, Feb. 7. 

1717. Ordered, That the Committee be continued, and that they make Report as 

above at the Session of this Court in May next. Sent down for Concurrence. 

Read and Concurr'd. 

A Petition of Penn Townsend Esq; in behalf of himself and Thomas Palmer and 
William Hutchinson, Esqrs Executors of the last Will and Testament of Peter 



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Sergeant, Esq; Deceased, Presented to the House and Read. Praying, that they 
may be Discharged from a Bond for /. 105. 2. s. 8. d. Bills of Publick Credit which 
the said Sergeant, & Townsend, gave to the Treasurer for the said Sum which they 
borrowed of the. Publick & paid the whole thereof to Sixteen Artificers, that were 
Imprest here, and served in the Train of Artillery in the Expedition design'd 
against Canada, Anno 171 1. for reasons assign'd therein. 

A Message from the Board by William Tailer, Nathaniel Byfield, Addington 
Davenport, Thomas Hutchinson, Thomas Fitch, and Adam Winthrop, Esqrs with 
the Report of the Committee concerning an additional Building to be made at 
Harvard College, A Draught of such Building and a Computation of the Charge, 
Shewing the present necessity thereof, and moving the House now to Proceed in 
the affair: And Left the further Report of the Said Committee which was Read, 
viz. In Pursuance of the within Order, The Committee are humbly of opinion, 
that as it's the most frugal method of Building, So it will best answer the present 
Occasions, to Erect a double House, somewhat conformable to the Draught 
herewith exhibited, to be plac'd pretty near the Southwest Corner of Stoughton 
College, and thence to extend it's length Westward in a parallel Line to Harvard 
College. The Charge thereof by what we gather from Skilful Workmen, may 
probably amount to Three Thousand Pounds, or thereabouts. 

A Petition of Joseph Buckminster, Benjamin Bridge and Jonas Eaton, on behalf 
of the Town of Framingham, Presented to the House and Read, Praying that 
they may be enabled to Prosecute their Appeal, from the Judgment of the Court 
of General Sessions of the Peace holden in Concord in August last, Ordering the 
said Town to maintain one Margaret Allen, a poor Woman belonging to the Town 
of Weston, at the next Court of Assize, and General Goal Delivery to be holden 
at Cambridge, from which they are now through a Mistake precluded in the 
Law. [ 48 ] 

It being Represented to this House that Onner Thomas, a poor and helpless 
Widow Woman driven in from the Eastern Parts in the late War, at present re- 
siding in the Town of Lynn, stands in need of Relief; and it not appearing that 
she belongs to any Town, from whom she can have Support. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Forty Shillings be allowed and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Mr. Speaker Burril to be disposed of by him for her present Re- 
lief. Sent up for Concurrence. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

£a&fiati 8 2Die feferuarix 171 7 & &£. 

THe Petition of Joseph Buckminster, Benjamin Bridge, & Jonas Eaton, 
Praying as Entred Yesterday, Read again, and. 
Ordered, That the Prayer of the Petition be Granted. Sent up for Concurrence. 



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A Petition of Cyprian Southack Presented to the House and Read, Praying 
That he may be Reimbursed the Sum of Twenty Pounds, three Shillings, which he 
Paid for the Ransom of Silas Newcomb and Andrew Simons, out of the hands of 
the Indians. And that he may have consideration for the loss he sustained of at 
least /. 450, in the Year 171 5. when he had a Warrant from the late Governour 
Dudley, to preserve the boundaries between this Province and the French. And 
for a Sail that was taken out of his Sloop in May last by Williams the Pirate 
worth /. 80 or /. 90, when he had ordered the said Sloop to come to him to Cape 
Cod, to take in and Transport the Goods that were saved from the Pirate Ship 
which was wrecked there. In which Service he was improv'd by his Excellency 
the Governour. 

A Petition of Richard Pierce of Marblehead, Presented to the House and Read, 
Praying, The Loan of /. 150 in Bills of Credit, out of the Publick Treasury, upon 
the Security of a Tract of Land he owns at Misconcus beyond Pemaquid, to en- 
able him and others to advance a Settlement on the said Lands. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Dismist. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in Addition to An Act Intituled, An Act for the better 
Preservation and Increase of Deer, Read a 2d time. 

A Message from His Excellency the Governour by Penn Townsend, Esq; mov- 
ing the House to consider the Request of the Eastern Indians for a Wigwam to be 
built at Arrowsick for their Entertainment when they come there. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Fifty Shillings be allowed and Paid out of the Pub- 
lick Treasury to Henry Bright, for his Service as Messenger of this House, to 
carry Warrants to several Members to attend the Court. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

The Petition of Joseph Buckminster, Benjamin Bridge, Jonas Eaton!, on which 
a Vote was pass'd in this House, this Day. Sent down from the Board. Pass'd on 
there, viz. In Council, Feb. 8th Concurr'd, and that the Petitioner bring in a Bill 
accordingly. Sent down for Concurrence. Read and Concurr'd. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till Monday next three a Clock Afternoon. 

Hunae 10. 2Die f ebmarii, 17 17. $. 2^» 

ORdered, That Edward Hutchinson, Esq; be desired to take Care to have a 
small Building erected at George Town, on Arrowsick-I sland, for the Recep- 
tion, and Shelter of the Indians, when they come there, to prevent their incon- 
venient Intrusion on the English Inhabitants. The cost not to exceed the Sum of 
Twenty Pounds. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Joseph Crocker, Barnabas Fuller, Josiah Crocker and Ebenezar 
Crocker of Barnstable, Presented to the House and Read, Praying that a Com- 
mittee may be appointed to come, hear and determine the Difference between 
them and the Indians of Mashpeed, as to the Bounds of their Lands. Sent up. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 267 

Resolved, That the Sum of Four Pounds be allowed and Paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to James Scolly, for his Service as Messenger of this House, to Summon 
several Members to attend His Majesty's Service in this Court. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of John Sheple and John Ames of Grotton, Presented to the House 
and Read, Praying that a Plat of the said Town therewith exhibited, taken by 
Samuel Danforth Surveyor, Decemb. 3. 1713. may be Confirmed. [ 49 ] 

The Petition of Joseph Crocker, &c. praying as entred this Day, sent down 
from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. In Council, Feb. 10th. 171 7. Read & Ordered, 
That Samuel Sturges, and Melatiah Bourn Esqrs; and Mr. Samuel Jennings, Rep- 
resentative of the Town of Sandwich be a Committee appointed, and Impowred 
by this Court, to go upon the Land, and view the same, and to determine the 
Controversy, and Settle the Boundaries, between the English, and the Indians 
mentioned in the Petition, and make Report to this Court at their next May Ses- 
sion for Confirmation. Sent up for Concurrence Read & Concurr'd. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

a^artte ii* 2Dic fefcraarii 17 17 9Lfl?. 

A Bill Intituled, An act in addition to an act, Intituled, An act for the Partition 
of Lands. Read a first time. 

A Bill Intituled, An act in addition to an act, Intituled, An act for the better Pres- 
ervation and Increase of Deer. Read a 3d time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An act to enable Joseph Buckminster, Benjamin Bridges \3 
Jonas Eaton on behalf of the Town of Framingham, to bring forward their Appeal 
from the Sessions of the Peace in Middlesex, to the Court of Assize clff General Goal 
Delivery, to be held in Cambridge for the County of Middlesex. Read a first time. 

The Petition of John Sheple & John Ames, praying as entred Yesterday. Read 
again, and 

Ordered, That the prayer of this Petition be so far Granted, that the Plat here- 
with Exhibited, altho' not exactly conformable to the Original Grant of Eight 
Miles Square, be accounted, Accepted & Confirmed as the Bounds of the Town- 
ship of Grotton, in all Parts except, where the said Township, Borders on the 
Township of Littleton, where the -Bounds shall be and remain, between the said 
Towns, as is already Stated & Setled by this Court. And that this Order shall not 
be Understood, or Interpreted, to alter or infringe the Right, and Title which any 
Inhabitant or Inhabitants, of either the said Towns have or ought to have to 
Lands in either of the said Townships. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Antony Young, Innholder in Dorchester, near Billings's, presented 
to the House & Read, praying, That he may have granted to him his Sale of 



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Strong Drink, as an Innholder from July last past till the Expiration of the 
present Act, for Regulating the Excise without paying any Excise, for reasons 
therein exprest. 

And the Question being put, Whether the prayer of the Petition be Granted? 
It pass'd in the Negative. 

A Petition of Thomas Smith of Rhode-Island, John Budd, and Rebecca his Wife 
Children and Representatives of John Smith of Bristol, deceased: Shewing that 
they have a Right to Three 16 Parts of Eight Miles Square of Land at Assanamis- 
cock, which they are Deprived of by the Acts of this Court relating to the said 
Lands, Praying Relief; Sent down from the Board, pass'd on there, viz. Feb. ioth 
1 71 7. Ordered, That a Hearing be had on this Petition on the Second Friday of the 
next Session of this Court, and that the Petitioner Serve some of the Principal of 
the other Parties concern'd with a Copy of the Petition. 
Sent down for Concurrence. Read. 

A Bill Intituled, An act in further addition unto, and for better Explanation of 
the Act, Intituled, An act in addition to the Act for Upholding y Regulating of Mills. 
Read a first time. 

A Bill Intituled, An act in addition to an Act Intituled, an act, providing in case 
of Sickness. Read a first time. 

A Bill Intituled, An act to Enable Joseph Buckminster, Benjamin Bridges Es? 
Jonas Eaton on behalf of the Town of Framingham, to bring forward their Appeal 
from the Sessions of the Peace in Middlesex to the Court of Assize Eif General Goal 
Delivered, to be held in Cambridge for the County of Middlesex. Read a 2d & 3d 
time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Richard Pierce, and Mary his Wife, presented to the House and 
Read, praying the Confirmation of their Title to a certain Tract of Land, con- 
taining Twelve Miles, lying at Misconcus beyond Pemaquid, which they bought 
of Somerset an Indian, Anno 1641. And the Question being put, Whether the 
prayer of the Petition be Granted? It pass'd in the Nagative. 

A Petition of John Higginson, & 79 others, presented to the House & Read, 
praying, That a Tract of Land, lying between Grotton & Lancaster, may be 
Granted to them, and made a Township. [ 50 ] 

Ordered, That Samuel Thaxter, Jonathan Remington, and Francis Fullam Esqrs; 
be a Committee to go upon and view the Land Petitioned for, and report what 
they think may be proper for this Court to act in answer to this Petition: And in- 
form themselves of the Condition, and Circumstances of the Petitioners, whether 
they are like speedily to bring forward a Settlement thereon. And that no person 
presume in the mean time, to take up any private Grant in the said Lands. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 269 

Isaac Winslow, and Adam Winthrop Esqrs; brought down the Petition of John 
Usher Esq; referr'd to a Committee the 20th day of Novemb. last, and the Report 
of the said Committee thereon. 

A Petition of James Lowden in behalf of Jane Chamberlain, Widow, one of the 
Daughters of John Cole, and Henry Wilson, for himself, and the rest of the Chil- 
dren of Mary Wilson, deceased, one of the Daughters of the said John Cole; Pre- 
sented to the House and Read, Praying this Court so far to make void their Order 
pass'd in June, 1714. that Conflrm'd Three Hundred Acres of Land, (which John 
Wampas an Indian gave to John Cole) unto Wigglezvorth and Ursilla Sweeter, as 
that the Petitioners may not be thereby Barr'd from obtaining such part of the 
said Land as of Right belong's unto them. 

Ordered, That the Petitioners Serve Wiggleszvorth Sweetser, and Ursilla his Wife 
with a Copy of this Petition; And that a He? ring be Granted thereon before this 
Court, on the Second Wednesday of their Sessions beginning in May next, unless 
the Parties shall agree and issue their Difference in the mean time. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 
And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

S^crcuni 12, 2Dte f ebruarii, 1717. 8L ap. 

THe Report of the Committee for making an Addition to the Buildings of 
Harvard College, entred the 7th Currant, read again. 

Upon Consideration, of that part of His Excellency's Speech, which relates to 
making additional Buildings to Harvard College. 

Ordered, That the Thanks of this House be returned to His Excellency the 
Governour for his Care to promote good Literature, without which Religion will 
not be upheld amongst us: 

But inasmuch as the charge of the said Buildings is like to be very considerable, 
and a great part of this House is absent. 

It is further Voted, That the Consideration of the said Affair be Referr'd, to the 
Session of this Court in May next, when a full House may be Expected. 
Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in addition to an act Intituled, an act providing in Case 
of Sickness. Read a 2d time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in addition to an act Intituled, an act for the Partition of 
Lands. Read a 2 time. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in further addition unto, and for better Explanation of 
the act Intituled, an act in addition to the Act for Upholding y Regulating of Mills. 
Read a 2 time. 

A Petition of Savil Simpson, presented to the House & Read, Praying, That he 
may be heard upon the said Bill, before it is pass'd. 



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The Bill Intituled, An Act to enable Joseph Buckminster, Benjamin Bridges y 
Jonas Eaton on behalf of the Town of Framingham, to bring forward their Appeal 
from the Sessions of the Peace in Middlesex, to the Court of Assize and General Goal 
Delivery, to be kolden at Cambridge for the County of Middlesex. Sent down from 
the Board Concurr'd with an Amendment. 

The said Amendment, Read and Agreed. 

A Petition of Jonathan Jackson of Situate, Presented to the House and Read, 
praying Consideration for a Wound he received in his Shoulder in the Service 
against the Indian Enemy formerly. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Ten Pounds be Allowed and Paid out of the Publick 
Treasury to Jonathan Jackson, for his Relief. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for Altering the time for Holding the Superiour Court of 
Judicature Court of Assize and General Goal Delivery, within the County of Ply- 
mouth. Sent down from the Board for Concurrence. Read a first time. 

A Petition of Samuel Richmond and Christopher Thresher, and 31 others Inhab- 
itants of Middleborough Sixteen Shilling Purchase so called, and of several Inhab- 
itants of Taunton, presented to the House and Read, Praying, That they may be 
made a Separate Township or Precinct, That they may be enabled to Maintain 
the Gospel Ministry amongst them. [ 51 ] 

The Vote of the Council on the Petition of Thomas Smith of Rhode-Island, &c. 
entred Yesterday. Read again. And Concurr'd. 

A Petition of John Higginson Esq; Presented to the House and Read, Praying, 
That a Strip of Land containing between Twenty & Thirty Acres lying between a 
Farm belonging to him, and a Farm called Printer Green's Farm, near Dracut, 
may be Sold to him. 

Ordered, That the prayer of the Petition be Granted, Provided the Quantity of 
Land Exceed not Thirty Acres; the Petitioner paying in to the Publick Treasury 
after the Rate of Five Shillings per Acre for the same. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Penn Townsend and Adam Winthrop Esqrs; brought down the Bill, Intituled, 
An Act in addition to the Act Intituled, An Act for the better Preservation and In- 
crease of Deer. Concurr'd with Amendments. 

The said Amendments Read & Agreed. 

A Petition of Hopestill Brown, Josiah Hayden, and 22 others Inhabitants of 
Sudbury, dwelling on the West Side of the River in the said Town, Presented to 
the House and Read, Praying, That the said River may be declared to be the di- 
viding Bounds between the two Precincts in the said Town: That they may be 
enabled to proceed to Build a Meeting House, Pursuant to former Votes of this 
Court. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 271 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for calling in of Province Bills of Credit, outstanding of 
former Plates, sign'd by three hands only. Read twice. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in addition to an Act Intituled, An Act for Holding 
Courts of General Sessions of the Peace. Read a first time. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. 

fobijSi 13* SDte fe&ruarii, 17 17. ft. ap. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for altering the Time of Holding the Superiour Court of 
Judicature, Court of Assize and General Goal Delivery within the County of 
Plymouth. Read a 2d & 3d time. And pass'd a Concurrence. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act for calling in of Province Bills of Credit, outstanding of 
former Plates, sign'd by three Hands only. Read a 3d time. 

And Pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Petition of Thomas Edwardson, Jonathan Young and Thomas Varney, Pre- 
sented to the House and Read, Praying relief for such as have entred into Bonds, 
to pay the Currant Money of the Province, where they Borrowed, or Owed, and 
by the Bond was intended only Bills of Publick Credit: But the Obligees take the 
unjust advantage of Suing for Silver Money. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in addition to an Act Intituled an Act for the Partition of 
Lands. Read 3d time, and pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

J^alf an ^our pa$?t 3. $ogt &9erit>iem. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act in addition to the Act, Intituled, An Act for 
the better Preservation and Increase of Deer. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill Intituled, An Act to enable Joseph Buckminster, Benjamin 
Bridges, and Jonas Eaton, on behalf of the Town of Framingham, to bring forward 
their Appeal from the Sessions of the Peace in Middlesex, to the Court of Assize and 
General Goal Delivery, to be Held in Cambridge for the County of Middlesex. 
Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act for Altering the Time for Holding the Supe- 
riour Court of Judicature, Court of Assize and General Goal Delivery within the 
County of Plymouth. Read and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

And then the House Adjourn'd till to Morrow Morning Nine a Clock. [ 52 ] 



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IBenerig 14* SDie f efiruarii 1717. 8L ap. 

A Bill Intituled, An Act in addition to an act Intituled, an act, Providing in 
Case of Sickness. Read a 3d time, 

And Pass'd to be Engross'd. Sent up for Concurrence. 

A Letter from Elisha Cooke Esq; Directed to Mr. Speaker, to be Communi- 
cated to the House, Shewing, That John Bridget Esq; having received a Com- 
mission from His Majesty, for Surveying the Woods in North America, under 
colour of putting the same in Execution, is strenuously endeavouring by wrong 
Insinuations and Threats, to compel the Inhabitants of Kittery and Berwick, and 
the Neighbouring Towns, to Pay him Forty Shillings per Team for each Team 
they send to Log, and get Timber. Read and sent up. 

A Petition of John Colman, Administrator to the Estate of William Hobby late 
of Boston, Merchant, deceased, Presented to the House and Read, Praying that 
he, and such other Persons with him as shall be thought proper may be Enabled 
to make Sale of the real Estate, of the said Deceased, in order to the Distribution 
of the Produce thereof among the Interested, who are several of them Minors, and 
want it for their Maintenance and Education; It being impracticable with any 
Convenience to divide the said Real Estate into so many Parts, as the Interested. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Referr'd to the next Sessions for Considera- 
tion. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act for Calling in of Province Bills of Credit, outstanding 
of former Plates, signed with three hands only. Sent down from the Board with 
Amendments; which were Read and Agreed to, and Sent up. 

Resolved, That the Sum of Two Hundred Pounds, be further Allowed, and Paid 
out of the Publick Treasury to His Excellency SAMUEL SHUTE Esq; Captain 
General and Governour in Chief of this His Majesty's Province, for his Support 
in Managing the Affairs of the Government, in Consideration of the extraordi- 
nary dearness of all necessaries for House keeping. Sent up for Concurrence. 

Penn Townsend Esq; Brought down the Letter of Elisha Cooke Esq; relating to 
the proceedings of John Bridger Esq; which was sent up this day, with a Message, 
That this House pass thereon first, It being Directed to them only. 

Ordered, That the said Letter be sent up to the Honourable Board, with a Mes- 
sage Requesting his Excellency and Council, to inquire into the Grievance men- 
tioned therein, and to do what is proper and necessary to remedy it. Sent up. 

The Bill Intituled, An Act in addition to an act Intituled, an act, providing in 
Case of Sickness. Sent down from the Board Concurr'd with an Amendment, 
which was Read, and Agreed. 



Journal of the House of Representatives 273 

A Petition of Thomas Harvey of Taunton, and Nicholas Morey of Freetown, pre- 
sented to the House and Read, Praying, That the said Harvey may be Enabled to 
bring forward his Appeal from a Judgment of the Inferiour Court of Common 
Pleas held in Bristol in January last, in a Cause between him and John Godfrey, 
respecting Title of Land, to the next Superiour Court of Judicature to be holden 
in Bristol, which through a Mistake, he is now Barred from: And that the said 
Morey may be relieved from the Judgment of the said Inferiour Court, whereby 
he was obliged to pay the said Godfrey the Sum of II /. 15 s. 7 d. for Reasons 
alledged in the said Petition. 

Ordered, That the said Petition be Referred to the next Session of this Court 
for further Consideration. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An Act in addition to an act Intituled, An act, pro- 
viding in Case of Sickness. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

An Engross'd Bill, Intituled, An act for Calling in of Province Bills of Credit, 
outstanding of former Plates, sign'd with three Hands only. Read, and 

Resolved, That the Bill do pass to be Enacted. 

A Message from his Excellency the Governour, by Edward Bromfield, & Na- 
thaniel Paine Esqrs; That this House do immediately attend his Excellency the 
Governour in the Council Chamber. 

Mr. Speaker and the House went up accordingly. And Mr. Secretary Willard 
by his Excellency's Order Prorogued the Court to Wednesday the Ninth Day of 
April next, at Ten a Clock in the Forenoon. 

BOSTON: Printed & Sold by 515. ®VttXl. 1 7 1 8. 



Index 



Abbot, Nehemiah, member for Andover, 178. 
Abjuration, oath of, I, 77, 178. 
Acts, expiring, committee on, 7, 88, 153, 188. 
Adams, Henry, member for Medfield, 178. 
Adams, Jacob, petition, 34, 52; member for 

Suffield, 178. 
Addington, Isaac, secretary, 4, 9, 121; allowance, 

74- 

Address to King, see George I. 

Admiralty, court of, fees, 89, 97, IOO, 1 17; trial 
of pirates, 222. 

Agent, colony, in England, see Jeremiah Dum- 
mer; allowance to Mather, 92, 96; considered, 
137, 140; election of, 140, 141, 142. 

Agoganquamasset, 127. 

Akin, John, captain, member for Dartmouth, 

77- x 

Albany, N.Y., Indian commissioners, 80; com- 
pensation to Indian, 145. 

Allen, Daniel, of Swanzey, petition, 197. 

Allen, Ebenezer, petition, 99, 100. 

Allen, Elnathan, petition, 257. 

Allen, Francis, of Kittery, petition, 26, 27. 

Allen, Jeremiah, treasurer, accounts, 8, 13, 87, 
90, 131, 138, 141, 189, 194, 224; grants and 
funds, 24; election of, 33, 92, 212; salary, 38, 
4 2 > 59, 75, I2 2> 216; inspect bonds, 218; excise 
debts, 219. 

Allen, Joseph, member for Braintree, ix. 

Allen, Margaret, 265. 

Allowances, granting of, 59, 74; fixed, 171. 

Allyn, Elizabeth, 136. 

Ames, John, of Groton, 267. 

Amesbury, representatives, x, 77, 178. 

Amsden, Isaac, of Marlborough, petition, 14, 
134, 152, 184, 225, 226, 230, 232, 247. 

Andover, 188, 199; representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Andros, Sir Edmund, 72, 127, 230. 

Androscoggin River, 19. 

Angier, Joseph, of Framingham, petition, 143, 
153, 154, 168. 

Anne, Queen, 36, 117, 190. 

Anne, sloop, 190. 

Annisquam river, 83, 104. 

Antony, Benjamin, 14. 

Appleton, John, 39, 88, 133, 180, 199, 226; mem- 
ber for Ipswich, ix, 178; councillor, 2, 78, 179; 
Reading meeting house, 173. 

Appleton, Samuel, 39. 

Apportionment of town and county assessments, 
S3, 55- 

Arms, John, of Deerfield, petition, 86, 88. 

Arnold, Seth, 22; member for Duxbury, ix; mon- 
itor, 3; governor's house, 14. 

Arrowsick island, settlement, 4, 8, 15, 20, 30; 
reinforced, 80, 87, 99; named Georgetown, 98; 
garrison, 149, 207; visit of governor, 222, 226; 
Indian wigwam, 266. 



Artillery, train of, 25, 1 17, 207, 265; company, 
Boston, petition, 120, 219. 

Ashley, John, member for Westfield, ix, 77; peti- 
tion of Hatfield, 159. 

Assanamisco, 15, 40, 84, 114, 134, 153, 173, 192, 
268. 

Assessments, town and county, 53, 54. 

Attleborough, 83; representatives, x, 77, 178. 

Attorney General, election, 33, 37, 41, 42, 90, 92, 
210; see Paul Dudley. 

Auger, see Angier. 

Augusta, 250. 

Austan, John, clerk of Suffield, 52; petition, 

59- 
Ayirs, Edward, petition, 201. 
Ayers, John, of Brookfield, 201. 
Ayers, Joseph, petition, 201, 227. 
Ayers, Mark, petition, 201. 
Ayers, Nathanael, petition, 201. 
Ayers, Thomas, petition, 201, 227. 

Bacon, John, member for Barnstable, 178; lists 

of estates, 183; petition, 263. 
Baker, Thomas, captain, account, 9; journal, 

8 7- . . 
Bakers, petition of Boston, 116, 131, 151. 
Balch, Freeborn, 202. 
Balch, Samuel, 49, 133; member for Beverly, ix, 

Ballentine, John W., petition, 112, 219. 

Bane, Joseph, 92. 

Bane, Lewis, on Brunswick fort, 55; Kittery 

church, 86, 145; member for York, 178; killing 

of wolves, 192; Wells and Kittery, 146, 217, 

236, 241; petitions, 217, 232, 234, 237, 244, 

246. 
Bankrupts, act concerning, 161, 162, 165, 214, 

216, 220. 
Barker, Caleb, petition, 243. 
Barker, Thomas, captain, member for Pembrook, 

ix. 
Barnes, Nathanael, 185. 
Barnstable, boundary, 98; representatives, ix, 

77, 178; division, 263. 
Barnstable, county, 191; time of courts, 18, 22, 

33; accounts, 34, 85, 206; tax apportioned, 

39; 

Barrington, 252. 

Bartlett, Daniel, petition, 108, 139, 144, 147, 153 
157- 

Basset, William, colonel, 167, 168, 206; member 
for Sandwich, 77; treasurer's accounts, 81; ad- 
dress to King, 81; on rateable estate, 8^, 90; 
Mather allowance, 92; Carr's petition, 96; ex- 
cise, 97; on produce and trade, 104; on fees, 
IO S> 147; election of agent, 142; lists of estates, 
159; monitor, 160; Plymouth petition, 184, 
223; Nantucket Indians, 245. 



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Index 



Baxter, rev. Joseph, letter, 239. 

Beacon island, light-house, 38,40, 43, 47, 49, 53, 

S4- 

Beauchamp, John, of Boston, petition, 197. 

Beauchamp, Magdalene, petition, 52. 

Bed, John, of Cohasset, petition, 200. 

Bed, Lazarus, of Cohasset, petition, 200. 

Belcher, Andrew, 4, 48, 52, 56, 60, 61, 66, 75, 79, 
89, 101, in, 128, 138, 171, 187, 188, 203, 204, 
220, 225; councillor, 2, 78, 179; grants and 
funds, 24; petitions, 31, 119, 219; memorial, 
56; on tax, 60, 101; Dummer's letters, 185. 

Belcher, Jonathan, petitions, 31, 119, 219; thanks, 
209. 

Bell, Thomas, bequest to Roxbury, 128. 

Bennet, Aaron, petition, 89. 

Bennet, John, member for Middleborough, x. 

Bennet, Spencer, alias Phips, 108, 113, 114, 115, 
116. 

Berwick, 8, 26, 27, 86, 145; representatives, x, 77, 
178; assigned to Kittery, 15 1; bounds, 230, 236, 
241; petition, 239; opposes wood surveyor, 
272. 

Beverly, representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Bibles and catechisms, 113, 142. 

Bicknell, Zachariah, petition, 233, 248. 

Bill, Samuel, petition, 104. 

Billerica, 199; representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Billerica bridge, 84, 112, 113, 114, 117, 120. 

Billings, John, of Dorchester, petition, 198. 

Billings, Roger, of Dorchester, 267; petition, 198, 
208. 

Bills, engrossing of, 58; expiring, 7, 88, 153. 

Bills of credit, 14, 30, 46, 48; of other govern- 
ments, 38; burning of, 51, 53, 85, 109, 137, 182, 
190, 216, 263; issue authorized, 64, 69, 108; 
disposition of interest, 95; new issue, no, 114, 
116, 118, 120, 124, 125, 126, 131, 132; main- 
taining value, 147; bill for emitting, 159, 160, 
162; special issues, 164, 166, 167, 215, 232, 251; 
form of mortgage, 167; discount on, 169, 170, 
182, 202, 203; valuation of estates, 172; recess 
committee 206, 208; suits on bonds, 215, 218; 
small denominations, 244; Middlesex propor- 
tion, 254; resumption of specie, 262; of old 
plates, 271, 272, 273; suits under, 271. 

Bishop, Edward, of Ipswich, petition, 89, 103, 
106, 131, 133. 

Black Lead Mine Hill (Tantiusques), 21. 

Black Point, 20, 244. 

Blackwell, Caleb, of Dartmouth, petition, 38. 

Blagrove, Nathaniel, Rhode Island boundary, 
250. 

Blake, John, of Dorchester, memorial, 183. 

Boardman, Andrew, 134. 

Boards, 181. 

Bomiskeke, Indian, 97. 
Bommazeen, captain, 63, 97. 
Book debts, interest on, in. 
Boston, representatives, ix, 77, 178; impost 
house, 4; powder house, 11, 12, 17, 41, 47, 
49; hospital for infectious diseases, 86; over- 



seers of poor, 99, 100; artillery company, 120, 

219; Royal exchange, 125, 126; petition of 

prisoners, 164; innkeepers, 197, 212; Neck, 

security of passengers, 232, 235; petition of 

deacons, 244. 
Boston harbor, see Light-house. 
Bosworth, Hezekiah, of Plymouth, petition, 

112. 
Bourn, John, petition, 151. 
Bourn, Melatiah, Crocker petition, 267. 
Bowman, Francis, member for Lexington, ix. 
Boxford, 185; representatives, ix, 77, 178. 
Boyden, John, member for Medfield, ix. 
Bradbury, William, of Salisbury, petition, 197. 
Bradford, John, major, 37, 44; representative 

from Plymouth, 30, 31; on tax, 60; petition, 

181, 184, 223. 238, 239, 240. 
Bradford, representatives, x, 77, 178; attendance, 

261. 
Bradstreet, Simon, heirs of, 18. 
Braintree, against hospital, 170; representatives, 

ix, 77, 178. 
Bramhall, Joseph, petition, 86, 88. 
Bread, Assize of, 116, 154, 161, 232, 235. 
Briant, John, of Scituate, 236. 
Briant, Jonathan, 235. 
Briant, Joseph, Sr., petition, 236, 245, 256. 
Briant, Joseph, Jr., petition, 236. 
Briant, Judith, petition, 236. 
Briant, Mary, 235. 

Briant, Thomas, petition, 236, 245, 256. 
Bridger, John, surveyor of woods, 272. 
Bridges, Benjamin, of Framingham, petition, 

265, 266, 267, 268, 270, 271. 
Bridgewater, 43; representatives, ix, 77, 178; 

petition, 10; division of, 83, 93; boundary, 98; 

attendance, 261. 
Brigham, Henry, of Boston, petition, 38, 39, 249; 

account, 201. 
Brigham, John, 193; petition, 4, 15, 60, 84, 89, 

134, 152, 173, 183, 230. 
Brigham, Samuel, petition, 249. 
Brigham, Sarah, 38. 
Brigham's farm, 134, 173, 183. 
Bright, Henry, messenger, 266. 
Brimfield, enlargement of, 7, 21. 
Bristol, 43; representatives, x, 77, 178. 
Bristol county, accounts, 34, 107, 252; tax appor- 
tioned, 39. 
Bromfield, Edward, 61, 66, 114, 118, 163, 178, 

196, 245, 273; councillor, 2, 78, 179. 
Brookfield, 16, 40, 52, 106, 201, 227; survey of 

land, 7; petition, 21, 25, 58, 245; assessments 
in, 25; meeting house, 99. 
Brook's pasture, Swanzey, 233. 
Brookline, representative, 178; ministry, 202. 
Brown, George, member for Billerica, 77, 178. 
Brown, Hopestill, captain, petition, 4, 60, 90, 

173, 270; member for Sudbury, 178. 
Brown, Ichabod, petition, 212. 
Brown, Joseph, of Newbury, petition, 11, 28. 
Brown, Nathaniel, member for Rehoboth, 178. 



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277 



Brown, Samuel, 78, 160, 220, 261; councillor, 2, 

78. 179- 

Brown, William, 134, 135. 

Brunswick, 140; established, 19; defence, 30, 49, 
72; fort, 55, 57, 71, 141; proposal of proprie- 
tors, 62; stores, 66. 

Buchanan, John, petition, 116, 131, 151. 

Bucklen, Joseph, of Rehoboth, petition, 135. 

Buckman, Jeremiah, of Ipswich, petition, 183, 
215, 233, 234. 

Buckminster, Joseph, colonel, 253, 254, 257; 
member for Framingham, ix, 77; petition, 144, 
146, 156, 161, 248, 258, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 
270, 271. 

Budd, John, petition, 268. 

Budd, Rebecca, petition, 268. 

Bulfinch, Adine, petition, 115. 

Bull, Ezekiel, of Rhode Island, petition, 40. 

Bull, Job, 19, 30. 

Bull, Sarah (Sherin), 19. 

Burbank, John, of Suffield, petition, 52. 

Burges, Elizeus, governor, 81, 88; house for, 14, 
16, 35; reception of, 43; expected, 80; letter to, 
85, 87. 

Burglary, act against, 18, 22, 33. 

Burleston, Edward, petition, 245, 247. 

Burnap, Joseph, captain, 197; Stow boundary, 

152. 173. 
Burrill, John, 3, 35, 39, 185, 192, 225, 228, 232, 
261, 265; member for Lynn, ix, 77, 178; elected 
speaker, 1, 78, 179; land grant, 70, 73, 219; 
Reading meeting house, 173; English petition, 

Bush, Abiel, petition, 173. 

Buttrick, John, member for Stow, ix, 77. 

Byfield, Nathaniel, 138, 253, 257, 264, 265; coun- 
cillor, 2, 79, 180; Tiverton, 105, 113; How's 
petition, 156; memorial, 248, 258. 

Cambridge, representatives, ix, 77, 178; registry 
of deeds, 93, 101, 189, 204; shire town, 103, 
203. 

Campbell, John, petitions, 28, 34, 92, 98, 202, 214, 

253- 
Canada, Stoddard and Williams' accounts, 7, 9; 

Tarboll's, 12; artillery train, 25, 117, 207, 265; 

charges for expedition, 26, 30, 31, 119, 194, 219; 

trade with, 50; captives, 83, 87, 100, 115, 228; 

suits on bonds, 215, 218. 
Cane, Samuel, member for York, 77; on Kittery, 

146, 217; petitions, 155, 232, 234, 237. 
Canso, gut of, illegal fishing by French, 56. 
Cape Breton, 9; French settlement, 50; Indians, 

50; guard-ship, 56. 
Cape Cod, province land, 17, 24; meeting-house, 

208, 21 r. 
Cape Porpus, 20; petition, 244. 
Cape Sable, 104; Indians, 48, 55, 56, 57, 66; mes- 
sage of Governor, 58; wages of surgeon, 60. 
Capen, Samuel, of Dorchester, petition, 183. 
Captives, in Canada, 7, 83, 87. 
Captures, ransoming of, 57, ioo. 



Carleton, Thomas, member for Bradford, 77. 

Carolina, Indians from, 38, 197; refugee, 48, 52. 

Carr, George, 96, 98. 

Carr, Richard, 90, 95; petition, 156, 160. 

Cary, Nathanael, petition, 25, 1 17, 207. 

Casco Bay, 92; town near, 12; fort and settle- 
ment, 97; Small Point Harbor, 140; petition, 
244. 

Casco Fort, troops for Arrowsick, 5, 8; garrison, 
8, 15, 20, 30; razing, 30, 31, 42, 72, 82, 117; 
stores, 55; support of, 64, 66, 69, 70, 71, 73; 
damages, 151. 

Castle William, 86; Sunday firing of guns, 6; 
victualler, 21, 24, 115; inlistments, 24; garri- 
son, 36; charge of, 94; repair, 244, 252, 255; 
regulating soldiers, 244, 249, 257. 

Catechisms, 113, 142. 

Cathcart, Robert, of Tisbury, 206. 

Cawhy, James, 1, 3, 5, 37, 49, 68, 73; member 
for Marblehead, ix; address to King, 5; peti- 
tion, 11; on tax, 60; on forts, 71. 

Cayley, , captain, 48, 50. 

Chamberlain, Jane, 269. 

Chambers, Charles, captain, 37, 67, 71, 75, 85, 87, 
98, 118, 124, 126, 129, 133, 135, 180, 199, 216, 
220, 235, 245; member for Charlestown, x, 77, 
178; treasurer's accounts, 8, 13, 81, 189; peti- 
tions, 25, 117, 207; bills of credit, 53, 109, 140, 
170, 182, 263; on tax, 60; on rateable estate, 
83; on produce and trade, 104, 120; Billerica 
bridge, 112, 113; poll lists, 140; election of 
agent, 142; on election of councillors, 179; 
Dummer s letter, 186; address to King, 187; 
fees, 203; valuation of estates, 224; thanks to 
governor, 226; hospital account, 229. 

Chandler, John, major, 7, 40, 228, 232; Rhode 
Island boundary, 148, 208; member for Wood- 
stock, 178; Marlborough petition, 184, 225, 
230, 231; expiring acts, 188, 189; Cape Cod 
petition, 208; Connecticut boundary, 211, 239; 
Hopkins land, 218, 245, 253, 255; on petitions, 
240; Deerfield plat, 241; flask and sand ware, 
243; iron works, 243; Little Hingham, 257. 

Chandler, John, Jr., 240. 

Chapin, Josiah, captain, petition, 23, 58, 84, 199; 
member for Mendon, 77, 178; monitor, 135, 
160, 180. 

Chapin, Samuel, 23, 199. 

Chapmen, petty, bill on, 95, 97, 100, 104. 

Charlestown, 100; shire town, 93, 103, 189, 203; 
representatives, x, 77, 178; registry of deeds 
204. 

Charnock, John, petition, 147. 

Chebacco, 89, 131, 133, 161, 183, 215, 233; peti- 
tion, 89; plan, 106. 

Chelmsford, representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Child, Ruth, of Newtown, petition, 242. 

Children, instruction of, 142, 154, 156. 

Chilmark, 162; representatives, 77, 178; congre- 
gation, 206; petition, 228, 229. 

Chipman, John, 1, 59, 61; member for Sandwich, 
x. 



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Chittingden, Israel, colonel, 256. 

Choate, Thomas, petition, 89, 133. 

Church, Benjamin, colonel, memorial, 103, 104; 

gift of books, no; petition on pay, 156. 
Cider, excise on, 93, 118. 
Claims, eastern, 101. 
Clap, Samuel, 1, 37; member for Scituate, ix; 

treasurer's accounts, 8, 13; Piscataqua lands, 

32. 
Clap, William, petition, 67. 
Clapp, Hopestill, member for Dorchester, ix, 77, 

178. 
Clark, Daniel, member for Topsfield, 77. 
Clark, Henry, Wells and Kittery, 241. 
Clark, John, 5, 57, 59, 60, 61, 65, 66, 72, 74, 85, 

123, 124, 127, 144, 220, 235, 262; councillor, 2, 

78, 179- 
Clark, Samuel, of Ipswich, petition, 232. 
Clark, Thomas, member for Harwich, 77. 
Clerk of House, election of John White, 1, 78, 

179- , . , 

Cleveland, Enoch, of Frammgham, 143, 155. 

Clocks, care of, 166. 

Coat, see Cole. 

Coffin, Ebenezer, of Nantucket, petition of, 199, 
209. 

Coffin, Eleanor, petition, 259. 

Coffin, Eliphalet, petition, 259. 

Coffin, Elizabeth, petition, 259. 

Coffin, James, member for Nantucket, x, 77; val- 
uation of estates, 224. 

Coffin, Joanna, petition, 259. 

Coffin, John, commissioner of excise, 121. 

Coffin, Joseph, member for Nantucket, 178; peti- 
tion, 191, 192. 

Coffin, Judith, petition, 259. 

Coffin, Lydia, petition, 259. 

Coffin, Peter, petition, 83. 

Cohasset, 135, 147, 257, 258; petition, 8, 21, 22, 
149, 200, 249. 

Coker, Benjamin, 20, 29. 

Cole, Henry, 18. 

Cole, John, 269. 

Cole, Mary, petition, 18, 24, 41. 

Cole, Nicholas, of Wells, petition, 230, 236, 241. 

Collins, rev. Nathanael, of Enfield, petition, 137, 
145. _ _ 

Colman, Benjamin, II, 23. 

Colman, John, petition, 272. 

Commissioners for placing loans, 165. 

Concord, boundary, 35, 115, 122, 152, 173; repre- 
sentatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Conihasset, see Cohasset. 

Connecticut, 65; duty on staves, 148; new settle- 
ments, 210; boundary, 211, 214, 239. 

Connecticut river, survey of land, 62; Indians, 87. 

Constables, refusal to serve, 97. 

Convention of ministers, 175. 

Converse, Josiah, captain, 29; member for Wo- 
burn, ix; Stow boundary, 35, 115. 

Cooke, Elisha, councillor, 2, 1 So. 

Cooke, Elisha, Jr., 5, 7, 23, 35, 37, 41, 42, 43, 66, 



78, 79, 85, 89, 92, 98, 115, 127, 129, 140, 154, 
168, 201, 203, 207, 212, 217, 225, 231; Rhode 
Island boundary, 4; address to King, 5, 81; 
expiring laws, 7, 88, 153; treasurer's accounts, 
8, 12, 13; printing sermon, 25; Piscataqua 
lands, 32; reception of governor, 43; on tax, 60; 
notice of prorogation, 70; member for Boston, 
ix, 77; on rateable estate, 83, 90; on produce 
and trade, 104, 120; bills of credit, in, 170; 
burning of bills, 137; on Lord's day, 137; com- 
mission for Dummer, 145; How's petition, 156; 
mortgage for loan, 167; Dummer's letter, 185; 
letter on Bridger, 272. 

Cooke, Jacob, petition, 181, 184, 223, 239, 240. 
Coomes, Hephzibah (Newel), petition, 6, 18, 32, 

Coomes, Richard, petition, 6, 18, 32, 41, 49. 

Copestock, Susanna, 230. 

Coroner's writs and duties, 189, 191, 197, 198, 
205, 206. 

Cotton, rev. Roland, of Sandwich, election ser- 
mon, 160; thanked, 181. 

Council, memorial, 5, 36; election charge, 24, 106; 
to meet earlier, 70. 

Councillors, election, I, 24, 78, 179. 

County, charges in, 23, 27, 30. 

Courts, times for holding, Barnstable, 18, 22, 33. 

Covel, Ephraim, 148. 

Covel, Joseph, 148. 

Coy's Hill, Brookfield, 245. 

Credit, restriction of, in. 

Crocker, Ebenezer, of Barnstable, petition, 266. 

Crocker, Joseph, of Barnstable, petition, 266, 267. 

Crocker, Josiah, of Barnstable, petition, 266. 

Curtis, Ephraim, of Sudbury, petition, 184, 185, 
224. 

Cushing, rev. Caleb, 197, 236. 

Cushing, Jeremiah, of Boston, petition, 197. 

Cushing, John, 22, 52, 83, 92, 93, 141, 163, 181; 
councillor, 2, 79, 180. 

Cushing, Joshua, captain, member for Pembrook, 

77- 

Custom house, fees, 89, 90, 98, 100, 107, 112. 
Cutting, John, of Watertown, petition, 153. 

Danforth, Elijah, petition, 246, 247. 
Danforth, John, 11. 

Danforth, Samuel, 267; petition, 246, 247. 
Dartmouth, representatives, x, J7, 178; support 

of minister, 38, 134, 249; petition, 99; boundary 

line, 100; attendance, 261. 
Davenport, Addington, 4, 52, 55, 57, 66, 75, 78, 

79, 85, 89, 114, 117, 118, 127, 128, 129, 152, 
160, 163, 168, 180, 199, 220, 226, 235, 262, 264, 
265; councillor, 2, 78, 179; eastern parts, 9; 
burning of bills, 137; How's petition, 156; 
Dummer's letter, 185; bills of credit, 208; in- 
spect bonds, 218; valuation bill, 259. 

Davis, Jacob, petition, 83, 103. 

Davis, Simon, captain, 1,3; member for Bristol, 

x. 
Day, Rebecca, petition, 230. 



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279 



Debt, lands and tenements, 89, 98, 106, 109. 

Declaration, subscription to, 1, 77, 178. 

Dedham, representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Deeds, registry of, 33, 36, 44, 47, 49, 59, 204; 
choice of register, 1 10. 

Deer, destruction of, 262, 264, 266, 267, 270, 271. 

Deerfield, 86, 189, 192, 226, 241; representatives, 
77, 178; petition, 198; plot of, 253. 

Delano, Jabez, petition, 38. 

Delano, John (or Jonathan), member for Dart- 
mouth, x, 178. 

Denison, Edward, of Roxbury, 200, 257, 259. 

Denison, John, 135; member for Ipswich, 77, 178; 
Hingham, 149; coroner's writs, 189; valuation 
of estates, 224; thanks to governor, 226. 

Denison, William, 2, 3, 33, 61, 78, 79, 85, 119, 
126, 228; member for Roxbury, ix, 77, 178; 
petitions, 4; bills of credit, 53, 109, 182, 263; 
on forts, 71; address to King, 81; on Lord's day, 
137; poll lists, 140; governor's speech, 170; on 
election of councillors, 179; petition, 200, 212, 
256. 

Denison's farm, Andover, 188. 

Devereux, John, 185. 

Devereux, Robert, of Marlborough, petition, 185. 

Dickinson, John, member for Hatfield, 178. 

Dighton, representatives, x, 77, 178. 

Dike, Rowland, account, 24, 106. 

Discount on bills of credit, 169, 170, 182, 202, 203. 

Doan, Ebenezer, petition, 208, 211; Cape Cod 
meeting house, 211. 

Dodson, Jonathan, of Freetown, petition, 145, 

Dogs, destruction of unruly, 189. 

Dollof, Richard, of Exeter, petition, 228. 

Doorkeeper to council, see John Flagg. 

Dorchester, 187, 193, 198,242; representatives, ix, 
77, 178; petitions, 27, 125, 164; free school, 
125, 164; against hospital, 170; town meeting 
proceedings, 183, 198. 

Dorchester, S.C., petition of Lord, 54. 

Dowding, Anne, petition, 100, 102. 

Dowding, Joseph, 58. 

Downs, Thomas, 185. 

Dowse, Jonathan, captain, member for Charles- 
town, 77, 178; hospital, 94, 170; bills of credit, 
109, 206, 263; burning of bills, 137; light-house 
accounts, 143; treasurer's accounts, 189; votes 
for treasurer, 212; thanks to governor, 226; 
Castle William, 244, 253; Harvard College, 
249, 263. 

Dowse, William Bradford Homer, fund for print- 
ing volume, viii. 

Dracut, no, 270. 

Drake, Thomas, of Taunton, petition, 233. 

Drought, fast day, 214. 

Dudley, Joseph, 36, 266; reflection on House, 
vii, 44; illness, I, 4; approves speaker, 1; coun- 
cillors, 3; disapproves Byfield, 3; on eastern 
parts, 30; Kittery, 31; speeches to House, 46, 
68; message on Cape Sable Indians, 58; supply 
of treasury, 74; allowance, 75. 



Dudley, Paul, Attorney General, 92, 213; memo- 
rial, 167; mortgage for loan, 167; petition on 
allowance, 206, 209. 

Dudley, William, petition, 27. 

Dukes county, 191; tax apportioned, 39; Nan- 
tucket and, 212. 

Dummer, Jeremiah, letters, 4, 9, 9;, 185, 232; 
petition, 30; accounts, 34, 119, 132; allowance, 
74, 75, 122, 166, 255; commission, 145, 159, 
160, 165; medium of trade, 160; committee on 
letter, 185, 210, 238, 258. 

Dummer, William, councillor, 179; memorial, 
244; allowance, 254; Castle William, 255. 

Durfey, Robert, member for Freetown, 77; 
charges against, 145; expelled, 146. 

Duxbury, 224, 238, 239, 241, 256; representatives, 
ix, 77, 178. 

Dwight, Henry, petitions, 17, 226; Northfield, 
ic6. 

Dwight, Timothy, 226. 

Dyer, John, treasurer, 85. 

Eager, Abraham, petition, 127, 141. 

Eames, Anthony, member for Marshfield, 178. 

Eames, John, Jr., petition, 99. 

Eames, Thomas, 13. 

Eastern parts of province, committee on, 5, 9; 
report, 12, 17, 19; committee on settlements, 
20, 30, 42, 202; road to, 20. 

Eastham, representatives, x, 77, 178. 

Eaton, Jonas, of Framingham, petition, 265, 266, 
267, 268, 270, 271. 

Eaton, Joseph, captain, member for Salisbury, 
ix; petition, 197. 

Eaton, Joshua, member for Reading, 77, 178; 
excuses for non-attendance, 223; Lynn min- 
ister, 234. 

Edgartown, representatives, x, 77, 178. 

Edwardson, Thomas, petition, 271. 

Eliot, John, 207. 

Elisabeth Islands, support of minister, 229. 

Ellis, John, of Brookline, petition, 237, 252. 

Ellis, Robert, Dr., account, 9, 28, 219. 

Emery, rev. Samuel, of Wells, petition, 12, 20. 

Enfield, 137, 214; representatives, jj, 178; com- 
mon lands, 198; bounds, 236, 246. 

English, Philip, of Salem, petition, 214, 257, 
264. 

Epps, Daniel, I, 41, 71, 74; member for Salem, 
ix; governor's house, 14; on tax, 60. 

Essex county, 96; tax apportionment, 38. 

Estate, rateable, of province, committee, 83, 90; 
bill, 95, 97, 101, 112, 115; polls and, 130, 138, 
139, 140, 159, 183; form of lists, 159, 162, 238; 
valuation, for loans, 172; for taxes, 224, 235, 
237, 238, 255, 256, 259. 

Everton, Ruth, petition, 229. 

Everton, William, 229. 

Excise on wines, 23, 26, 47, 49, 54; rates, 93; 
committee, 97; bill, 101, 102, 103, 116, 118, 
119, 120, 122; commissioners, 121; petition on, 
197; pledge of fund, 204; debts, 219. 



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Index 



Fadre, Nathaniel, petition, 136, 142, 225. 

Falmouth, Casco Bay, garrison for, 160; petition 
of selectmen, 184; settlement, 202. 

Farr, Stephen, petition, 35. 

Fast day, 214, 220, 262. 

Fees, regulation of, 33, 42, 43, 47, 49, 59, 136, 137; 
custom house, 89, 90, 98, 100, 107, 112; admi- 
ralty court, 89, 97, 100, 117; committees, 105; 
bill, 106, 107, 109, 203; law on, 147; report on, 
165; deputy secretary, 166; bill, 214, 216, 220. 

Fenno, Elizabeth, of Boston, petition, 185, 191. 

Fenno, Ephraim, of Boston, petition, 185, 191. 

Fever, epidemical, 262. 

Field, John, captain, member for Bridgewater, 
77, 178; Norton boundary, 243. 

Fish, Thomas, of Duxbury, 242, 256. 

Fisher, Ebenezer, member for Wrentham, 77, 178. 

Fisher, John, member for Medfield, 77. 

Fisheries, defence of, 72. 

Fisk, William, member for Wenham, 77. 

Fiske, Thomas, captain, member for Wenham, ix. 

Fitch, Thomas, 22, 57, 60, 61, 63, 65, 72, 74, 85, 
125, 133, 138, 160, 168, 193, 203, 207, 212, 235, 
265; councillor, 2, 78, 179; grants and funds, 
24; petition, 25, 1 17, 207; tax, 101; Hopkins 
legacy, 118, 156, 161, 218, 264; Dummer's let- 
ter, 238; Little Hingham, 257; valuation bill, 
259; on Harvard College, 263; bills of credit, 
263. 

Flagg, John, doorkeeper, allowance, 75, 122, 166, 
216, 2SS- 

Flaskware, 243. 

Flint, Henry, of Cambridge, petition, 192, 249. 

Flint, Josiah, of Dorchester, 192. 

Fobes, Edward, member for Bridgewater, ix. 

Foot, John, member for Amesbury, x, 77, 178. 

Fort George, reinforcement of, 80, 117. 

Forts, power to demolish, 32; charge of, 94; gen- 
eral care, 182. 

Foster, Chillings W., member for Harwich, 178. 

Foster, Standfast, of Dorchester, petition, 183, 
247. 

Fowling, regulation of, 227, 228, 229, 237, 243. 

Fox, John, 235. 

Framingham, 15, 99, 185; representatives, ix, 77, 
178; boundary, 29; petition, 144, 156, 265, 268, 
270, 271; charge for plat, 162. 

France, 182; trading with settlements, 50, 199; 
illegal fishing, 56; war with Great Britain, 82; 
boundary, 266. 

Frances, Stephen, 29. 

Francis, John, petition, 92, 93, 102, 143; satis- 
faction, 162. 

Freeman, Constant, member for Truro, x; peti- 
tion, 17. 

Freeman, David, 252; member for Attleborough, 
x > 77> I7§; secretary's allowance, 121. 

Freeman, Rebecca, petition, 148, 150; bill for 
relief, 158. 

Freeman, Thomas, 148, 158. 

Freetown, petition, 42; representatives, 77; min- 

„ istry, 14s, IS if 248- 



French, Stephen, captain, 22; member for Wey- 
mouth, ix. 

Frost, Charles, 94; eastern settlements, 20; on 
Brunswick fort, 55; on petition of Kittery, 86. 

Fullam, Francis, captain, 44, 66, 74, 75, 202; 
member for Weston, ix, 178; on petitions, 4; 
petition, 4, 5; Piscataqua lands, 32; on tax, 60; 
on forts, 71; petitions, 180; lists of estates, 183; 
Dummer's letter, 186; address to King, 187; 
price of shoes, 225; hospital account, 229; on 
Amsden, etc., 230;„Marlborough, 231; Lynn 
minister, 234; mills, 241; Whitehall farm, 245; 
Little Hingham, 257; Higginson petition, 268. 

Fuller, Barnabas, petition, 266. 

Fuller, John, member for Dedham, ix, 77, 178. 

Fuller, Jonathan, petition, 87, 90. 

Gallop, Samuel, captain, member for Bristol, 77, 
178; treasurer's accounts, 81; on produce and 
trade, 104; commissioner of excise, 121. 

Gardner, John, surveyor, 27, 37, 50, 106, 133, 
135; member for Salem, 77; on rateable estate, 
83; on produce and trade, 104, 120; submits 
plan, 109; Stow boundary, 115, 173; light-house 
accounts, 131, 143; poll lists, 140; Hopkinston 
lands, 161. 

Gardner, Samuel, captain, Stow boundary, 152. 

Gates, Simon, petition, 193. 

Gay Head Neck, Martha's Vineyard, 162. 

Gearfield, Benjamin, captain, member for Water- 
town, 178. 

George I, 195, 222, 226; plot against, 81; address 
to, S, 9, 81, 85, 87, 88, 89, 187, 210, 218; anni- 
versary, 125; suppression of rebellion, 126, 127, 
130; Mather on, 176; safety of, 181. 

George II, Prince of Wales, 130. 

Georgetown, Arrowsick Island, 87, 98, 99, 149; 
garrison, 207; Indian wigwam, 266. 

Gerrish, Joseph, 11. 

Gerrish, Samuel, 45. 

Gilbert, Henry, petition, 99. 

Gilbert, Thomas, petition, 99. 

Gloucester, 83, 97; representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Glover, Nathanael, of Dorchester, memorial, 183. 

Goddard, Edward, petition, 60, 173. ;j 

Godfrey, John, 273. 

Goffe, Edmund, colonel, 82, 118, 133, 134, 156, 
168; Cape Sable Indians, 48, 56, 59; member 
for Cambridge, 77; address to King, 81; on 
rateable estate, 83; petition, 93, 101, 103; on 
produce and trade, 104; commissioner of excise, 
121. 

Goodhue, Nathanael, petition, 89, 133. 

Gookin, Daniel, major, 207. 

Gore, John, of Roxbury, petition, 233. 

Gore, Rhoda, 233. 

Gorges, Ferdinando, 257. 

Goss, Philip, petition, 99. 

Government, support of, 81, 182. 

Governor, allowance for attendance, 12; salary, 
130; house, \^0\tee Samuel Shute. 

Grant, James, of Berwick, petition, 239. 



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Grants of land, see Lands. 

Gray, Benjamin, 228. 

Gray, John, 228. 

Gray, Samuel, of Boston, 228. 

Gray, Susanna, petition, 228. 

Great Brewster island, light-house, 38, 40, 43, 47, 

49, 54; master, 200. 
Great Britain, no; war with France, 82. 
Green, Bartholomew, vii, 45; offer to print votes, 

70; order, 74; account, 122, 214. 
Green, John, 106. 
Green, Joseph, petition, 15, 16. 
Green, Joseph, printer, 15, 270. 
Greenland, John, member for Maiden, ix, 178. 
Greenwood, Samuel, petition, 25, 117, 207. 
Gross, Thomas, petition, 205. 
Groton, 268; representatives, ix, 77, 178; line 

with Nashoba, 5; plat of, 267. 
Guard-ship, 56. 
Guernsey, no. 

Guild, John, member for Wrentham, ix. 
Gulliver, Jonathan, of Milton, petition, 198. 
Gun, pirate, premium for taking, 188. 
Gun powder, given by shipping, 65; forYork and 

Wells, 155. 
Gyles, John, captain, to Eastern Indians, 82, 84, 

132- 

Haddam, 196. 

Haddrell, Mary, petition, 52. 

Hadley, 16; enlargement, 6; representatives, ix, 

77, I78- , . . 

Hale, Joseph, member for Boxford, ix, 77, 178. 

Hall, Gershom, member for Harwich, x, 47. 

Hall, Joseph, member for Yarmouth, x. 

Hallowell, Nathanael, 108. 

Hallowell, Timothy, 108. 

Hamlet, the, Ipswich, 89, 131, 161, 183, 233. 

Hammond, Joseph, 94; member for Kittery, x, 
77, 178; petitions, n, 15, 86; eastern settle- 
ments, 20; treasurer's accounts, 81, 189; on 
rateable estate, 83; poll lists, 140; instructing 
Indians, 140; lists of estates, 183; York ac- 
counts, 203; letter, 222. 

Hampshire county, 16, 56; tax apportioned, 38; 
courts, 248, 249, 254. 

Harvard College, 93; rights in land grants, 19; 
allowance to president, 75, 122; buildings 
needed, 249, 262, 264; report on, 262, 263, 265, 
269. 

Harvey, Thomas, of Taunton, 273. 

Harwich, 148; representatives, x, 47, 77, 178. 

Haskell, William, petition, 83. 

Hassanameesit, 4. 

Hassanamisco, see Assanomisco. 

Hastings, Jonathan, petition, 18, 30, 41. 

Hastings, Thomas, 72. 

Hatfield, petition, 159; representatives, ix, 77, 
178. 

Haverhill, no; representatives, ix, 77, 178; at- 
tendance, 261. 

Haverhill- Bound Pond, 28. 



Hawes, Benjamin, to Nantucket, 138. 
Hawkers, bill on, 95, 97, 100, 104. 
Hawkes, John, of Deerfield, petition, 145, 192. 
Hayden, Josiah, of Sudbury, petition, 270. 
Haynes, David, 143; petition, 121; surveys, 173, 

224. 
Haynes, John, of Sudbury, petition of heirs, 14, 

42, 60, 121. 
Haynes, John, surveyor, 54, 183. 
Haynes, Joshua, 60, 173. 
Head, Benjamin, of Little Compton, petition, 

US. 137- 
Head, Jonathan, of Little Compton, petition, 99, 

100, in;, 137. 
Headman, Philip, of Boston, petition, 206. 
Healey, Nathaniel, of Newton, 65. 
Hedge, Elisha, petition, 91, 94. 
Hemmenway, J., member for Framingham, 178. 
Het.ip, 181. 

Henchman, Daniel, major, 212. 
Henchman, Daniel, petition, 212. 
Henchman, Nathaniel, of Boston, petition, 26, 

119, 194, 208. 
Herrick, Joseph, member for Beverly, 178; killing 

of wolves, 192. 
Higginson, rev. John, 28, 51. 
Higginson, John, of Salem, 27, 37, 39, 52, 77, 153, 

179, 194, 224, 225, 238; councillor, 2, 78, 179; 

eastern parts, 9; Little Hingham, 257, 258; 

petition, 268, 270. 
Higginson, John, Jr., of Salem, petition, 28, 50. 
Higginson, John, colonel, 48, 133. 
Higginson, John, petition on Falmouth, 202. 
Higginson, Nathanael, of Salem, petition, 28, 

Highways, bill, 224. 

Hill, , general, 31, 119, 215, 219. 

Hill, Robert, 94. 

Hill, Thomasin, 94. 

Hiller, Joseph, clerk of council, allowance, 74, 75. 

Hingham, 8, 21, 22, 135, 147, 149, 200, 249, 257; 

representatives, ix, 77, 178. 
Hinks, John, of Newcastle, petition, 155. 
Hitchcock, Luke, 5, 61; member for Springfield, 

ix, 77; address to King,' 5; on produce and 

trade, 104. 
Hobart, Elizabeth, of Haddam, petition, 196, 

211, 240. 
Hobart, Jeremiah, of Haddam, 196. 
Hobberfield, William, 193. 
Hobby, William, of Boston, 272. 
Hodges, Henry, captain, 83 ; member for Taunton, 

x, 77, 178; Plymouth petition, 184, 223. 
Hollingsworth, Richard, land, 35. 
Holloway, Malachi, member for Middleborough, 

178; petition, 191, 225. 
Holloway, William, 191, 225. 
Hopewell, 116. 
Hopkins, Edward, legacy, 35, 36, 50, 118, 146, 

156, 161, 218, 254, 255, 264. 
Hopkinston, 118, 144, 164, 218, 245, 253. 
Hospital, infectious diseases, 86, 94, 146, 151, 



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193; petition against, 170; on Spectacle Island, 

229. 
Houghton, John, 193; member for Lancaster, ix, 

77, 178; Stow boundary, 35, 115. 
Housatonic River, settlement on, 232; bounds, 

House of Representatives, prints journal, vii, 45, 
65, 70, 74, 123, 184; speaker, I, 78, 179; clerk, 

1, 78, 179; right over grants, 67, 72; prorogued, 
44, 67, 76, 123, 128, 168, 221, 260, 261, 273; 
thanks to governor, 134; hasten proceedings, 
173, 208, 216, 252; oaths and declaration, 178; 
answer to governor's speech, 195; election din- 
ner, 201; engrossing journal, 219; progress on 
bills, 220. 

Hovey, John, of Charlestown, petition, 100, 102. 

How, Dorothy, 193. 

How, Elisha, of Sudbury, 157. 

How, John, of Framingham, petition, 144, 153, 
154, 155, 168; committee, 156; guardian, 157. 

How, Joseph, of Marlborough, 193. 

How, , of Marlborough, 143, 247. 

How, Sarah, petition, 157. 

How, Thomas, 193; member for Marlborough, 
178; petition, 225. 

Howard, Ephraim, Norton boundary, 243. 

Howlet, Samuel, member for Topsfisld, 178. 

Hubbard, Isaac, petition, 18. 

Humphrey, Combs, petition, 83, 84. 

Humphrey, Hopestill, of Dorchester, 125; me- 
morial, 183. 

Humphrey, Samuel, petition, 233, 240, 248, 252. 

Hunt, Isaac, petition, 193. 

Hunt, John, captain, member for Weymouth, 77, 
178. 

Hunt, rev. Samuel, 134. 

Hunter, Robert, 80. 

Hutchins, John, member for Bradford, x. 

Hutchinson, Edward, 179, 180, 192, 199, 216, 
220, 224, 228, 235, 244; Arrowsick colony, 4, 
20, 87, 98, 99, 207; member for Boston, 178; 
on election of councillors, 179; bills of credit, 
182, 206, 263; Dummer's letter, 186, 238; 
address to King, 187; coroner's writs, 189, 191; 
treasurer's accounts, 189, 194; Campbell's peti- 
tion, 203; fees, 203, 214; Belcher's services, 209; 
impost accounts, 210; petition, 219; price of 
shoes, 225; thanks to governor, 226; taxes, 230, 
235; Whitehall farm, 245; thanks to Sewall, 
246; Little Hingham, 257; Usher petition, 257; 
Indian wigwam, 266. 

Hutchinson, Eliakim, 51, 75, 133, 169, 178, 188, 
257; councillor, 2, 79, 180; reception of gover- 
nor, 43; on tax, 60; bills of credit, 208; inspect 
bonds, 218; valuation bill, 259. 

Hutchinson, Elisha, 61, 89, 118, 188; councillor, 

2, 78, 179; eastern parts, 9; reception of gov- 
ernor, 43; on tax, 60; bills of credit, 208; Dum- 
mer's letter, 238. 

Hutchinson, Thomas, 46, 59, 60, 61, 66, 124, 160, 
!87» 193, 201, 203, 220, 239, 265; councillor, 2, 
78) 179; eastern parts, 19; on tax, 60, 101; 



Brunswick fort, 63; burning of bills, 137, 263; 
memorial, 140, 143; on Harvard College, 263. 

Impost, see Shipping. 

Impost house, Boston, 4, 107; duties, 40, 47, 54. 

Impost officer, election of Russell, 33, 92, 213; 
election, 90, 210; light-house supplies, 155; ac- 
counts, 194, 210. 

Indians, 182; irom Carolina, 38; of Caoe Sable, 
4 8 » 55> 56, 57, 58, 66; of Cape Breton, 50, 56; 
girl, servant, 54, 197; Albany commissioners, 
80; outbreak of Eastern, 80, 81, 82, 92; Con- 
necticut river, 87; Arrowsick, 87; chiefs of 
Eastern, 97; illegal trade, 116, 117; lands, 127, 
192, 199, 249; of Nantucket, 137, 196, 204, 212, 
245; education of Eastern, 140, 146, 149, 217, 
239; toys for children, 149; visit of governor, 
222, 25 1 ; treaty of Arrowsick, 222, 226; Punka- 
pog, 246; wigwam at Arrowsick, 266; Mashpee, 
266, 267. 

Infection, damage by, 104. 

Innkeepers of Boston, petition, 197, 212. 

Ipswich, 37, 88, 89, 103 ; petition, 9, 27; Chebacco, 
89, 131, 133, 161; representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Iron, making and refining, 241; works, 243. 

Jackson, Jonathan, of Scituate, petition, 270. 

James, Francis, petition, 243. 

James Francis Edward Stuart, Chevalier de St. 

George, 82. 
Jaques, Henry, petition, 259. 
Jaques, Mary, petition, 259. 
Jencks, John, major, of Providence, on boundary, 

Si- 
Jencks, Joseph, Jr., 55. 
Jennings, Samuel, member for Sandwich, 178; 

valuation of estates, 224; Crocker petition, 267. 
Jersey, no. 

Jersey, East and West, 65. 
Johnson, Edward, captain, 223. 
Johnson, Edward, of Woburn, petition, 223, 246. 
John Wampas, Indian, 269. 
Jones, Benjamin, member for Dighton, x, 77, 

178; letter, 222. 
Jones, Josiah, member for Weston, 77. 
Jones, Nathanael, petition, 212. 
Jones, Samuel, petition, 247. 
Jones's River, Plymouth, 181. 
Judges, of Superior Court, allowance, 75, 121, 

216; for Nantucket, 204. 
Jurors, default in appearance, 147, 151, 158, 159. 

Kean, William, petition, 249. 

Keeling, Samuel, petition, 120. 

Keith, rev. James, of Bridgewater, 93. 

Kellogg, Joseph, account, 9; captive, 115. 

Kellogg, Martin, account, 9. 

Kemball, Caleb, 26. 

Kemball, Samuel, 26. 

Kemball, Thomas, member for Bradford, 178. 

Kendel, Thomas, 240. 

Kenniston, John, of Stratham, 235. 



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283 



Kent, John, of Suffield, petition, 34. 

Ketteticut, 43, 84. 

Ketteticut river, 98. 

Keyes, John, petition, 127, 141, 142. 

Kimball, John, of Watertown, 18, 107. 

King, Ralph, of Lynn, 147. 

Kittery, 26; representatives, x, 77, 178; breast- 
work, 8, 150; naval officer, 8, 31, 150; North 
Parish, 86; church, 86, 145; and Wells, 146, 217, 
230, 236, 241; registry of deeds, 237; opposes 
wood surveyor, 272. 

Knight's farm, 161. 

Knowles, Samuel, 148; member for Eastham, 77. 

Knowlton, Nathaniel, member for Ipswich, ix, 
74; on tax, 60. 

Knowlton, Thomas, of Ipswich, petition, 131, 
133, 183, 215, 233, 234. 

Lancaster, 4, 14, 15, 29, 84,134, 136, 173, 183, 
193, 268; representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Land, liability for debt, 89, 98, 106, 109; limiting 
time of grants, 93, 101, 107; book of grants, 93; 
public, security for bills, 1 1 1 ; settling of grants, 
150, 153, 159, 162; partition of, 200, 205, 267, 
269, 271. 

Land of Nod, 199. 

Lane, , captain, 132. 

Lane, John, of Winter Harbor, petition, 207, 214. 

Lassels, Stephen, of Cohasset, petition, 200. 

Laws, expiring, committee; 88, 153; distribution 
by sheriff, 165; expense of distribution, 172; 
interpretation of, on writs, 192. 

Leatherer, Anna, petition, 230. 

Lee, Samuel, Sr., of Manchester, petition, 89. 

Legg, John, petition, 97, 99. 

Leicester, 30. 

Leighton, John, eastern settlements, 20; commis- 
sioner of excise, 121. 

Leonard, George, 83 ; member for Norton, x, 77. 

Leverett, John, allowance, 75, 122, 216; Hopkins 
legacy, 118, 146, 156, 161, 218, 264; Harvard 
buildings, 264. 

Lewis, Ebenezer, treasurer, 85, 206. 

Lewis, Job, of Boston, petition, 206. 

Lexington, representatives, ix, 77, 178; Kendel 
and, 240. . 

Light-house, Boston harbor, 24, 32, 38, 40, 43, 
47,49, S3, 54, 106, 116, 127, 131, 143, 154; sal- 
ary of keeper, 116; supplies, 155; master, 200; 
pledged, 204. 

Limitation for quieting possessions, bill, 40, 47, 
49, 62. 

Lincoln, Daniel, of Cohasset, petition, 135. 

Lindal, Timothy, 210, 216, 252, 258, 261; mem- 
ber for Salem, 178; on election of councillors, 
179; bills of credit, 182; lists of estates, 189; 
partition of lands, 200; Campbell's petition, 
203; Belcher's services, 209; valuation of es- 
tates, 224; Harvard College, 249. 

Little, Isaac, captain, 22; member for Marshfield, 
ix, 77; poll lists, 140; lists of estates, 159; peti- 
tion, 241. 



Little, Mary, 235. 

Little, Thomas, 235. 

Little Compton, 115; representatives, x, yj, 178; 

boundaries, 100. 
Little river, Gloucester, 83. 
Littlefield, Daniel, of Wells, petition, 230, 236. 
Littlefield, Joseph, of Wells, petition, 230, 236. 
Little Hingham, 249, 257, 258. 
Littleton, 267. 

Livermore, Daniel, of Weston, petition, 4, 5. 
Long Meadow Precinct, Springfield, 15. 
Lord, rev. Joseph, of Dorchester, S.C., petition, 

54-, 
Lord's Day, firing of guns, 6; observance, 137, 

142,147,150,151,152,154. 
Loring, Thomas,/i>wi., member for Duxbury, 178. 
Lothrop, Isaac, commissioner of excise, 121; 

member for Plymouth, 178; lists of estates, 

183; valuation of estates, 224. 
Lothrop, Joseph, 44; member for Barnstable, ix; 

commissioner of excise, 121. 
Lowden, James, petition, 269. 
Lovering, David, of London, petition, 18, 22, 

107, 113, 114. 
Lyde, Edward, petition, 119. 
Lynde, Benjamin, 123, 163, 193, 199, 262, 264; 

councillor, 2, 78, 179; How's petition, 156; 

Reading meeting house, 173. 
Lynde, Joseph, 168; administers oath, 1; coun- 
cillor, 2, 79. 
Lynn, representatives, ix, 77, 178; minister, 234, 

237. 

Maccarty, Esther, 38. 

Maccarty, Florence, heirs of, 6, 18, 32, 38, 41. 

Maccarty, William, 32. 

Mackintosh, Henry, memorial, 248. 

Macquoit, 19. 

Macvarlo, Purdy, of Cohasset, petition, 200. 

Maguncoog, purchase of, 35, 162. 

Maine, councillors, 2, 78, 79, 179, 180; eastward 

of, 120; timber, 130; visit of governor, 136, 138, 

141; purchase of, 188, 225, 257. 
Maiden, representatives, ix, 77, 178. 
Mallalawing David, Indian, 4. 
Malliston, Joseph, petition, 243. 
Manchester, William, member for Tiverton, x. 
Manchester, tax, 89. 
Mandsley, Joseph, 228; member for Westfield, 

178. 
Manley, William, petition, 53. 
Man-of-war, orders for, 56, 57, 58. 
Marblehead, 83; petition on gunner, 11; repre- 
sentatives, ix, 77, 178. 
Marche's ferry, 96. 
Marion, Joseph, 180; assistant secretary, 95, 139; 

account, 122, 167, 219; fees, 166; petition, 244, 

254. 
Marlborough, 4, 15, 16, 84, 134, 141, 152, 173, 

183, 184, 231, 232, 247, 255; addition to, 14; 

lands in, 127; representatives, ix, 77, 178. 
Marriages, bill on, 146, 147, 150, 162. 



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Marsh, Daniel, representative for Hadley, ix; 
petition, 6. 

Marshall, Samuel, 105. 

Marshfield, representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Martha's Vineyard, lands, 162; minister, 229. 

Martyn, Edward, petition of, 120. 

Mary, portrait of Queen, 148. 

Mary Galley,' 10$. 

Mary and Free-Love, sloop, pay of men, 187, 204; 
petition of owners, 205; discharged, 216; dam- 
ages, 220. 

Mashpeed Indians, 266, 267. 

Massachusetts-Bay, councillors, 2, 78, 179; 
boundary with Rhode Island, 4, 33, 51, 148, 
164, 208, 250, 259; letters from governor, 37; 
ordinary charge, 73; complaints against, 210; 
boundary with Connecticut, 21 1, 214, 239. 

Masts, 130, 171, 181. 

Mather, Atherton, member for Suffield, ix, 77. 

Mather, rev. Cotton, memorials, 85, 92, 96, 113; 
speech to governor, 175. 

Mather, rev. Increase, synod, 23, 24; allowance 
as agent, 85, 92, 96. 

Maxwell, James, doorkeeper, petition, 183. 

Mayhew, Experience, to Nantucket, 138. 

Mayhew, John, of Roxbury, petition, 127, 128. 

Mayhew, Payne, of Chilmark, petition, 162, 228, 
229. 

Mayhew, Zaccheus, commissioner of excise, 121. 

Mayo, John, of Roxbury, petition, 117, 132, 133. 

Mayo, Samuel, member for Eastham, x. 

Medfield, representatives, ix, 77, 178; attendance, 
261. 

Medford, 92; representative, ix. 

Medium of exchange, 48; petition on, 23, 44; 
Shute on, 129, 131; committee, 133, 146, 147, 
151, 154, 158; in Dummer's instructions, 160. 

Mellish, Aaron, 40. 

Mendon, 18, 23, 84, 108; petition, 148; represent- 
atives, ix, 77, 178. 

Merion, John, 18, 22, 107, 113. 

Merrel, Amos, of Boston, petition, 53. 

Merrel, Jeremy, 53. 

Merrimack river, survey of land, 62; Marche's 
ferry, 96; Denison's farm, 188. 

Merry Meeting Bay, 19. 

Middleborough, representatives, x, 77, 178; at- 
tendance, 261; sixteen shilling purchase, 270. 

Middlesex county, accounts, 34, 201, 253; tax 
apportioned, 38; shire town, 93, 103, 203; regis- 
try of deeds, 189, 204; loans of bills, 254. 

Millberry, Richard, petition, 237. 

Mills, John, captain, member for Braintree, 77; 
Hingham, 149. 

Mills, slitting, 241; upholding and regulating, 
241, 244, 247, 268, 269. 

Milton, 27, 198; against hospital, 170; representa- 
tives, ix, 77, 178. 

Ministers, petition of, 113, 137, 142; address by 
Mather, 175. 

Minot, James, petition, 52. 

Minot, John, memorial, 140. 



Minot, Stephen, memorial, 140. 

Mirick, John, lieut., petition of Hatfield, 159. 

Mitchel, , 43. 

Mitchelson, Edward, 15, 16, 37. 
Momeusque, George, Indian, petition, 28. 
Monitors of House, 3, 135, 160, 180. 
Moodey, rev. Samuel, of York, petition, 12, 20, 

82, 160; letter of Tailer, 125. 
Moodey, William, 67; member for Newbury, ix, 

77; on Lord's day, 137. 
Morey, Nicholas, of Freetown, petition, 273. 
Morris, Dorothy, 193. 
Morris, Samuel, petitions, 193, 214. 
Morse, Joseph, captain, member for Sherborn, ix; 

petition, 5, 15. 
Mortgage for loan, form, 167. 
Mountford, Edmund, memorial, 140. 
Mousum River, 199. 
Muscongus, 266, 268. 

Name, change of, 112. 

Nantucket, 194, 199; representatives, x, 77, 178; 
tax apportioned, 39; Indians, 137, 196, 204, 
245; tax of Peas, 138; vexatious suits, 191, 204; 
annexed to Suffolk, 204; judges for, 204; Duke's 
county, 212. 

Nash, John, member for Hadley, JJ. 

Nashoba, line with Groton, 5. 

Natick Indians, sale of land, 35. 

N.-ival stores, bill on, 23, 27, 29, 44; encourage- 
ment, 181. 

Negroes, duties on, 48, 52. 

Nelson, John, Cape Sable Indians, 57. 

Newbury, 96, 98; representatives, ix, 77, 178; en- 
largement of, 11, 28; Carr and, 90, 156. 

Newcomb, Silas, 266. 

Newel, Hephzibah, 6. 

Newel, Joseph, 6, 41. 

New Hampshire, 235; duties, 8, 28, 150; trading 
with French, 50; coasters, 52; governor's visit, 
136, 141. 

Newitchawanock, 20. 

Newman, John, 73, 252; member for Gloucester, 
ix, 77, 178. 

New Meadow Neck, Swanzey, 233, 252. 

New Plymouth, 92; councillors, 2, 78, 79, 179, 
180. 

News-Letter, Boston, 28, 92, 202, 214. 

Newton, Thomas, elected attorney general, 42; 
mortgage for loan, 167. 

Newton, 87; representatives, ix, 77, 178; meeting 
house, 14, 90; support of ministry, 65, 96. 

New York, 65; to Quebec, chart, 132. 

Nickerson, Robert, 148. 

No Mans Land, Martha's Vineyard, 162. 

Norden, Nathaniel, 248; councillor, 2, 78, 179; 
petition, 97, 99. 

Norridgewock, 125. 

Northampton, 6, 100; representatives, ix, 77, 
178. 

Northen, Ezekiel, captain, member for Rowley, 
ix, 77, 178; monitor, 180. 



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285 



Northfield, settling of, 17, 25; garrison, 106, no, 
171; petition, 226, 240. 

Norton, John, 184. 

Norton, representatives, x, 77; petition, 243. 

Nova Scotia-Sagadahoc, councillor, 2, 78, 79, 
179, 180. 

Nowell, Peter, Wells and Kittery, 236, 241. 

Nowell, William, 32. 

Noyes, James, member for Newbury, 178; peti- 
tion, 259. 

Noyes, Oliver, captain, 1, 3, 5, 9, 12, 16, 24, 35, 
37, 39. 4i, 42, 44, 57, 59, 69, 7h 74, 78, 79, 82, 
85, 87, 88, 89, us, u8, 125, 126, 127, 133, 134, 
148, 155, 168, 173, 189, 220; member for Bos- 
ton, ix, 77; petitions, 4, 25, 1 17, 207; Rhode 
Island boundary, 4; governor's house, 14; on 
tax, 60; Brunswick fort, 63; on forts, 71; on 
petitions, 79, 131; address to King, 81; on hos- 
pital, 86; Mather allowance, 92; on produce 
and trade, 104; bills of credit, in, 147, 170; 
burning of bills, 137; instructing Indians, 140; 
memorial, 140; Hopkinston lands, 161. 

Noyes, Sarah, petition, 259. 

Noyes, Thomas, 141, 153, 199; councillor, 78, 179. 

Oaths of abjuration, etc., 1, 77, 178; taverners, 
94; of importers, 157. 

Odiorn, Jotham, petition, 56. 

Offenders, punishment of criminal, 156, 160, 162. 

Oliver, Daniel, account, 99; Hopkins legacy, 118, 
156, 161. 

Oliver, Thomas, 22, 61, 63, 66; councillor, 2. 

Onconconuck, Thomas, Indian, 198, 208. 

Orcut, John, petition, 249. 

Orders of House, 3. 

Osgood, John, member for Andover, 77. 

Osgood, Peter, captain, 3, 37, 44, 63, 180, 199, 210, 
216, 258; member for Salem, ix, 178; lists of 
estates, 183, 189. 

Otis, John, 14, 260; councillor, 2, 79, 180; ac- 
counts, 34; Nantucket Indians, 245. 

Oulton, John, of Boston, 132; petition, 206. 

Oxford, 4. 

Paddock, Zechariah, Jr., member for Yarmouth, 

178. 
Paine, Nathaniel, 70, 163, 164, 181, 230, 264, 273; 

councillor, 2, 79, 180; accounts, 34, 107, 252; 

Tiverton, 105, 113; Pentucket bridge, 107; 

Rhode Island line, 208; memorial, 248. 
Paine, William, joiner, account, 3. 
Palmer, Thomas, of Boston, petition, 119, 206, 

264. 
Palmer's River, Rehoboth, 107, 113, 187. 
Parker, Daniel, 87, 127, 135, 148, 173; member 

for Barnstable, 77; on petitions, 79, 131; on 

hospital, 86; on expiring laws, 88, 153; Mather 

allowance, 92; on fees, 105, 106; medium of 

trade, 133; poll lists, 140; election of agent, 142; 

commission for Dummer, 145; How's petition, 

156; governor's speech, 170. 
Parker, Richard, 99. 



Parmeter, John, of Framingham, petition, 143, 

153, 154- 
Parsons, Joseph, captain, 44; member for North- 
ampton, ix, 178; petitions, 4; survey, 7; gov- 
ernor's house, 14; roads, 16; motion on pine 
trees, 15; on tax, 60; lists of estates, 183; kill- 
ing of wolves, 192; price of shoes, 225; petition, 
232, 243; Lynn minister, 234; Deerfield plat, 
241; mills, 241; Castle William, 244. 

Partridge, John, member for Hatfield, ix, 77; 
survey, 7; commissioner of excise, 121. 

Partridge, John, 105, 145, 242; member for Dux- 
bury, 77. 

Partridge, Samuel, 73; petitions, 6, 16, 17; ac- 
counts, 9, 145; memorial, 56, 240; Suffield, 59; 
Northfield, 106, no; petition, 226. 

Patch, Thomas, petition, 26, 39. 

Patterson, Susannah, petition, 230. 

Paul, Samuel, of Dorchester, 125; petition, 164. 

Pawtucket river bridge, 55, 135. 

Pay for service against pirates, 187. 

Payne, John, member for Eastham, 178; killing 
of wolves, 192; Cape Cod petition, 208. 

Payne, Samuel, member for Woodstock, ix. 

Payne, Thomas, member for Truro, 178; Cape 
Cod petition, 208, 211. 

Payne, William, 5, 7, 33, 35, 48, 49, 59, 62, 66, 69, 
71, 73, 74, 85, 88, 101, 115, 137; member for 
Boston, ix, 77; address to King, 5; expiring 
laws, 7; treasurer's accounts, 8, 13, 81, 90; 
printing sermon, 25; trade of New Hampshire, 
28; light-house, 32, 106, 127, 131, 143; Cape 
Sable Indians, 57; on forts, 71; ordinary 
charges, 73; land grants, 93; hospital, 94, 152, 
170; excise, 97; impost, no, 113; commissioner 
of excise, 121; medium of trade, 133; burning 
of bills, 137; poll lists, 140; Southack's chart, 
143; presents pictures, 148; Hsts of estates, 159; 
discount of bills of credit, 170; expense, 172. 

Payson, John, of Roxbury, petition, 117, 127, 
128, 132, 133. 

Pease, Isaac, of Enfield, petition, 198. 

Pease, Stephen, of Nantucket, petition, 138, 194, 
196. 

Peck, Samuel, of Rehoboth, petition, 107, 113, 
187. 

Pedlars, bill on, 95, 97, ICO, 104. 

Peebody, Oliver, 43. 

Peebody, Richard, of Boxford, petition, 43. 

Pejebscot Falls, 19, 94; garrison, 20; fort, 32, 49, 
55, 58, 66, 70, 72, 73. 

Pell, Edward, account, 3. 

Pemaquid, 266, 268; fort at, 130, 171, 232. 

Pemberton, Ebenezer, 11, 23. 

Pembrook, 224, 239; representative, ix, 77; peti- 
tion of inhabitants, 181, 238. 

Penhallow, John, memorial, 140. 

Pennicook, 62. 

Pennsylvania, 65. 

Pentucket bridge, 107. 

Pepperell, William, petition, 56; Cape Sable In- 
dians, 57. 



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Perkins, Tobijah, member for Topsfield, ix. 

Perry, Benjamin, of Scituate, petition, 236. 

Perry, Ruth, petition, 236. 

Perry, excise on, 93, 1 1 8. 

Peters, Samuel, of Andover, petition, 188. 

Petitions, committee on, 4, 79, 131, 180, 201, 240; 

postponed, 73, 128; returned for correction, 88; 

secretary's fee, 166; consideration of, 199. 
Phillips, George, of Brookfield, petition, 226. 
Phillips, John, administers oath, I. 
Phillips, Thomas, of Boston, petition, 160. 
Philpot, Rebecca, 251. 
Phips, Spencer, alias Bennet, petition, 108, ill, 

113, 114, 115, 116. 
Phips, Sir William, 108. 
Phoebe's Neck, Swanzey, 233, 252. 
Pickering, John, member for Salem, 77; petition, 

Pickering, William, of Salem, petition, 87, 152. 

Pierce, John, member for Woburn, 77, 178; peti- 
tion, 157. 

Pierce, Mary, petition, 268. 

Pierce, Richard, of Marblehead, petition, 266, 
268. 

Pierce, Stephen, member for Chelmsford, ix, 77, 
178; Billerica bridge, 112. 

Pierson, John, of Lynn, petition, 234, 236. 

Pike, Hugh, of Newbury, petition, 141, 223. 

Pine trees, motion on, 15; turpentine from, 56; 
preservation, 130, 168, 171. 

Pirates, 182, 245, 266; pay in service against, 187, 
204; premium for killing, 188; trial of, 222. 

Piscataqua River, 20; right asserted, 8, 31, 150. 

Pittimee, Andrew, Indian, 153. 

Plaisted, Elisha, member for Berwick, x. 

Plaisted, Ichabod, councillor, 2. 

Plaisted, Mary, petition, 108. 

Plaisted, Samuel, captain, 241; member for Ber- 
wick, 77, 178; absence excused, 239. 

Platts, Thomas, of Boston, 162. 

Plimpton, 239; representatives, 178; petition of 
inhabitants, 181, 223, 238; attendance, 261. 

Plymouth, 112, 239; representatives, ix, 77, 178; 
election of representative, 11, 30; petition of 
inhabitants, 181, 224, 238. 

Plymouth county, tax apportioned, 39; treasur- 
er's accounts, 85; court, 172, 173, 270, 271. 

Pollard, Jonathan, of Boston, petition, 219. 

Polls and estates, lists, 130, 138, 139, 140; tax, 
205. 

Pomeroy, Ebenezer, of Hadley, petition, 6. 

Poor, instruction in religion, 142, 154, 156; act 
referring to, 190, 207, 210, 212. 

Pope, Seth, of Dartmouth, petition, 134. 

Port Royal, 112, 1 60. 

Porter, John, of Wenham, 26; petition, 202, 247, 
255, 259. 

Porter, Joseph, Sr., 91. 

Porter, Joseph, Jr., 91. 

Porter, Nathanael, petition, 91, 94, 99, 103. 

Porter, Samuel, 26, 192, 199, 228, 252; petition, 
91, 94, 99, 103; member for Hadley, 178; ex- 



piring acts, 188; petitions, 201, 230; fees, 203; 

Connecticut boundary, 211, 239; valuation of 

estates, 224; hospital account, 229; Deerfield 

plat, 241. 
Postmaster general, see John Campbell. 
Powder house, Boston, II, 12, 17, 41, 47, 49. 
Pratt, Joseph, of Bridgewater, petition, 10. 
Preble, Abraham, 5, 94, 102; member for York, 

x; address to King, 5; eastern settlements, 20; 

Kittery church, 86, 145; Wells and Kittery, 

146, 217, 236, 241; petitions, 232, 234, 237. 
Precepts, returns of, examined, 3, 79, 180. 
Prentis, Thomas, petition, 212. 
Price of shoes, 225. 
Prince, Samuel, land, 35; member for Rochester, 

51, 77, 178; attends, 225. 
Printer, Moses, petition, 114. 
Printing, annual, 70, 73. 
Prisoners, petition of, Boston gaol, 164. 
Produce and trade, committee, 104, no, 114, 120, 

124, 126. 
Proprietors, non-resident, assessment, 21, 25. 
Prorogation of House, 44, 67, 76, 123, 128, 168, 

221, 260, 261, 273; due notice of, 70; proposed, 

120. 
Province house, 14, 16, 35; hangings, 105, 167. 
Punkapog plantation, 27; Indians, 246. 
Punker, John, Indian, petition, 137, 138. 
Pynchon, John, 40, 56, 57, 99, 245; councillor, 2, 
78; petition of Hatfield, 159. 

Quahaog, 201. 

Quakers, minister's rate, 217, 228. 

Quebec, New York to, chart, 132. 

Quinby, Benjamin, petition, 132, 142. 

Quincy, Edmund, 22, 55, 57, 59, 60, 61, 66, 67, 

68, 76, 83, 103, 128, 203; councillor, 2, 79, 180; 

on tax, 60; Hingham, 149, 257; valuation bill, 

259- 
Quincy, John, major, member for Braintree, 178. 
Quinnebaug, 249. 

Randall, John, member for Rochester, ix; ex- 
pelled, 10. 

Ransom of captures by Indians, 57, 132. 

Rasle, Sebastien, letter, 124. 

Rates and taxes, assessment and collection, 120, 
190, 197, 207; lists, 199. 

Read, Joseph, of Freetown, petit-ion, 247. 

Read, Moses, member for Rehoboth, x, 77; mon- 
itor, 3, 135, 160; Pentucket bridge, 107. 

Reading, 199; representatives, ix, jj, 178; meet- 
ing house, 173. 

Reed, William, captain, member for Lexington, 
77, 178; petition, 239, 241, 246; bill of redress, 
251, 254. 

Register of deeds, choice of, no. 

Registry of deeds, 33, 36, 44, 47, 49, 59, 204. 

Rehoboth, 107, 187; representatives, x, 77, 178. 

Remington, Jonathan, 7, 42, 49, 63, 66, 69, 180, 
215, 235, 255, 258, 261; member for Cambridge, 
ix, 178; expiring laws, 7; treasurer's accounts, 



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287 



8, 13; trade of New Hampshire, 28; on forts, 
71; petitions, 180; bills of credit, 182, 206; lists 
of estates, 183; Marlborough petition, 184, 225, 
230, 231; Dummer's letter, 186, 238; address to 
King, 187; petition, 189, 201, 203; valuation of 
estates, 224; Lynn minister, 234, 236; Hopkins- 
ton, 245; Little Hingham, 257; English peti- 
tion, 257; Higginson petition, 268. 

Rhode Island, 65; boundary line, 4, 33, 51, 148, 
208, 250, 259; expenses, 164. 

Rice, Edmund, member for Sudbury, ix, 77. 

Rice, Thomas, member for Marlborough, ix, 77. 

Richmond, Samuel, of Middleborough, petition, 
270. 

Rider, William, member for Sherborne, 77, 178; 
petition, 185, 192. 

Riggs, John, petition, 83. 

Ringe's Point, Salisbury, 96. 

Roads, Hampshire county, 16. 

Robins, Joseph, Indian, 14. 

Rochester, representatives, ix, 77, 178; expulsion 
of representative, 10; new member, 51; attend- 
ance, 261. 

Roe, Peter, of Suffield, petition, 34, 52. 

Rogers, Daniel, 78, 79, 92; member for Ipswich, 
77; treasurer's accounts, 81; secretary's allow- 
ance, 121; medium of trade, 133; governor's 
speech, 170. 

Rogers, Eleazer, of Plymouth, 148; petition, 231. 

Rogers, John, 148; member for Swanzey, x, 77, 
178; Pentucket bridge, 107; medium of trade, 
133; memorial, 248. 

Rogers, Joseph, 148. 

Rogers, Judah, 148. 

Rogers, Simon, 237, 252. 

Rogers, William, 26; member for Wenham, 
178. 

Rolf, Benjamin, 64; account, 167. 

Rose, man-of-war, 48, 50; piloting, 225. 

Rowley, 185; representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Roxbury, representatives, ix, 77, 178; land, 6; 
Newton and, 65, 96; school, 117, 127, 128, 132, 
133, 252. 

Royal Exchange, Boston, 125, 126. 

Ruby, John, petition, 164. 

Ruck, John, memorial, 140, 250. 

Ruggles, John, 204; petition, 205. 

Rum, excise on, 93. 

Russell, Daniel, impost officer, 33, 92, 213; ac- 
counts, 34, 201, 253; treasurer of Middlesex, 
201. 

Rutland, 136; petition, 27; representation, 29; 
land, 70; artillery company, 120, 219. 

Ryall, Joseph, petition, 251. 

Saco, 244. 

Saco River, ferry, 244. 

Saffery, , 33. 

Sagadahoc, 149. 

Sagadahoc-Nova Scotia, councillor, 2, 78, 79, 

179, 180. 
Salaries, see Allowances. 



Salem, 91, 103; representatives, ix, 77, 178; com- 
mon, 87, 152; petition, 171. 

Salisbury, 96; Carr and, 90, 98, 156; representa- 
tives, ix, 77, 178; meeting house, 197, 233, 236; 
attendance, 261. 

Saltonstall, Gurdon, governor, 148, 150; petition, 
229. 

Saltonstall, Sir Richard, 229. 

Saltonstall, Robert, 229. 

Samoset, see Somerset. 

Sandware, 243. 

Sandwich, representatives, x, 77, 178. 

Savage, Arthur, petition, 132. 

Savage, Habijah, captain, 179, 192, 200, 203, 224, 
235, 244; member for Boston, 178; bills of 
credit, 182, 206, 263; lists of estates, 183; Dum- 
mer's letter, 186; address to King, 187; votes 
for treasurer, 212; petition, 219; valuation of 
estates, 224, 230; Harvard College, 249, 263; 
Usher petition, 257. 

Sawyer, Thomas, 193. 

Sawyer, William, member for Wells, "jj, 178; 
petitions, 146, 155, 217, 237; valuation of 
estates, 224. 

Sayword, John, 108. 

Scammon, Humphry, ferry, 244. 

Scituate, 116, 245; representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Scolly, James, messenger, 267. 

Secretary's books, 121, 126; fee for petitions, 166; 
deputy, 166. 

Selectmen, valuation of estates, 172. 

Sergeant, Peter, house of, 16; hangings, 105, 167; 
petition of executors, 265. 

Sermon, election, Shepard, 3, 25; Cotton, 160, 
181. 

Servants, premium on, no, 114; instruction of, 
142, 1 54, 156. 

Severance, Joseph, of Deerfield, petition, 189, 
191. 

Sewall, Samuel, vii, 1, 54, 77, 114, 116, 152, 160, 
163, 168, 180, 188, 199, 220, 235, 261; admin- 
isters oath, 1; councillor, 2, 78, 179; eastern 
parts, 9; petition, 35, 36, 50; reception of gov- 
ernor, 43; tax, 101; Hopkins legacy, 118, 156, 
161, 218; Dummer's letter, 185; bills of credit, 
208; gift of books, 246; on Harvard College, 
263. 

Shauton [Shantum?], Joshua, Indian, petition, 
43, 84, 98, 102. 

Shepard, Jeremiah, sermon, 3, 25. 

Shepley, John, member for Groton, 77, 178; peti- 
tion, 267. 

Sherborn, representatives, ix, 77, 178; petition 
for land, 5, 15, 185, 192, 256; boundary, 29; 
attendance, 261. 

Sheriffs, to receive acts, 165. 

Sherin, Richard, 19. 

Sherin, Sarah, 19. 

Sherman, Joseph, 218, 253. 

Shipping, impost and tunnage, 23, 27, 31, 32, 39, 
49,54.65,96, no, 113, 114,118,215,217,220; 
interpretation of act, 157; pledge of fund, 204. 



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Shoes, price of, 225. 

Shurtleff, William, captain, member for Plimp- 
ton, 178; petition, 223. 

Shute, Samuel, address to King, 88, 89; welcome 
on arrival, 105, 124; speeches, 129, 168, 169, 
170, 174, 181, 192, 195, 220, 222, 261, 264, 269; 
visit to Maine, 136, 138, 141; expense of recep- 
tion, 136; allowance to, 166, 172, 216, 254, 272; 
pledge, 172; address by Mather, 175; approves 
speaker, 179; councillors, 180; defence, 220; 
conference with Indians, 222, 226, 251. 

Sickness, case of, 154, 156, 268, 269, 272, 273. 

Simmons, John, of Freetown, petition of, 145, 
151. 

Simons, Andrew, 266. 

Simons, Samuel, 136, 218. 

Simons, William, 136, 218. 

Simpson, Hannah, of Boston, petition, 187. 

Simpson, Joseph, of Boston, 187. 

Simpson, Savil, 144; petition, 269. 

Singleterry, Amos, member for Haverhill, 178. 

Skiffe, Benjamin, major, member for Edgartown, 
x, 178; lists of estates, 183; valuation of estates, 
224. 

Slocum, Peleg, of Dartmouth, 217, 224, 225, 228. 

Sloop, see Mary and Free-Love. 

Smallpiece, John, petition, 4, 107. 

Small Point Harbor, Casco Bay, 140; garrison, 
149, 250. 

Smith, Alice, petition, 173. 

Smith, Henry, of Rehoboth, petition, 135. 

Smith, John, petition, 173, 226. 

Smith, John, of Boston, petition, 207. 

Smith, John, of Bristol, 268. 

Smith, Peter, petition, 173, 226. 

Smith, Thomas, of Rhode Island, petition, 268, 
270. 

Snow, John, Cape Cod meeting house, 211. 

Soldiers, allowance to, 36. 

Somersby, Henry, lieut.-col., 78, 82, 92, 154, 168, 
180, 199 216, 252, 261; member for Newbury, 
77, 178; on rateable estate, 83; on produce and 
trade, 104; poll lists, 140; on election of council- 
lors, 179; lists of estates, 183, 189; Belcher's 
services, 209; Wells and Kittery, 241. 

Somerset, Indian, 268. 

Southack, Cyprian, captain, 48; memorial on 
chart, 132, 143; petition, 266. 

Southfield, see Suffield. 

Southworth, William, captain, 44; member for 
Little Compton, x, 77, 178; on rateable estate, 
83; poll lists, 140; lists of estates, 183; Plym- 
outh petition, 184, 223; valuation of estates, 
224. 

Sparrow, Nicholas, petition, 251. 

Speaker, election of John Burrill, I, 77, 179. 

Spectacle Island, 104; hospital, 229. 

Spirits, distilled, excise on, 93, 101, 102, 103. 

Spooner, John, of Dartmouth, petition, 249. 

Spooner, William, petition, 38. 

Springfield, 6, 7, 16, 214; representatives, ix, 77, 
178; petition of east part, 15; bounds, 236, 246. 



Spur, Robert, of Dorchester, petition, 183, 198, 

247. 
Squantom Neck, hospital, 152, 170. 
Squirrel, piloting, 225; for pirates, 245. 
Stanhope, James, secretary of state, letter to, 81, 

Staves, Connecticut's duty, 148. 

Stebbins, Benjamin, 105. 

Stebbins, Joseph, member for Springfield, 178; 
petition, 236, 243, 246. 

Sternes, John, lieut., 46; member for Billerica, ix; 
monitor, 3; Stow boundary, 35, 115; petition, 
84. 

Sternes, Samuel, representative for Watertown, 
x; cautioned, 16. 

Stevens, Benjamin, captain, representative for 
Andover, ix; arrest, 20, 29. 

Stevens, Joseph, Sr., petition, 232. 

Stobo, Archibald, petition, 48, 49. 

Stoddard, Anthony, 118, 128, 135, 139, 142, 156, 
168; member for Boston, 77; treasurer's ac- 
counts, 81; land grants, 93; Carr's petition, 96; 
on fees, 104; produce and trade, 120; secre- 
tary's allowance, 121; light-house accounts, 
131, 143; burning of bills, 137; bills of credit, 
147; Hingham, 149; governor's speech, 170. 

Stoddard, John, major, 118, 119, 124, 135, 155, 
167; accounts, 6, 9, 12; petitions, 17, 226; mem- 
ber for Northampton, 77; treasurer's accounts, 
81; on rateable estate, 83, 90; Carr's petition, 
96; excise, 97; impost, no; medium of trade, 
133; poll lists, 140; instructing Indians, 140; 
commission for Dummer, 145; bills of credit, 

Stoddard, Simeon, petition, 23, 44. 

Stoddard, Stephen, petition, 249. 

Stores, naval, encouraging importation, 130. 

Stoughton, William, 5, 36. 

Stoughton College, 265. 

Stow, representative, ix, 77; boundary, 35, 115, 
122, 152, 173. 

Strait, Thomas, member for Watertown, 77. 

Street, Mary, petition, 230. 

Street, William, petition, 230. 

Sturgeon creek, 86. 

Sturges, Samuel, Crocker petition, 267. 

Sudbury, representatives, ix, 77, 178; boundary, 
270. 

Suffield, representatives, ix, 77, 178; town officers, 
34. 52. 59; petition, 245, 247. 

Suffolk county, accounts, 34, 119; tax apportion- 
ment, 38; sheriff and laws, 165. 

Suits, vexatious, Nantucket, 191. 

Sureties upon mean process, 97, 107, III. 

Surgeon on Cape Sables mission, 60. 

Surveyors, to be under oath, 10. 

Surveys, lands between Connecticut and Merri- 
mack rivers, 62, 70. 

Sutton, 40, 83, 134, 164, 173, 183; plat rejected, 10. 

Swampfield, enlargement of, 18, 72. 

Swanzey, 197, 233, 240, 248, 252; representatives, 
x, 77, 178. 



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289 



Sweden, 182, 195. 

Sweetser, Ursilla, 269; petition, 39, 101. 

Sweetser, Wigglesworth, 269; petition, 39, ioi, 

173, 226. 
Sweetsor, Seth, messenger, 21, 28. 
Swine, regulation of, 97, 100, 104. 
Synod, memorial to call, 11, 22, 23, 24. 

Tailer, William, 88, 264, 265; councillor, 2, 78, 
179; motion, 36; reception of governor, 43; 
allowance, 75, 121; lieutenant governor, 79; 
approves speaker, 77; approves council, 79; 
speech to House, 80, 124; letter to Rasle, 125; 
Castle William, 252. 

Tantiusques (Black Lead Mine Hill), 21. 

Tarbol, Thomas, member for Groton, ix; account, 
9; petition, 12. 

Taunton, north purchase, representatives, x, 77, 
178; petition, S3, 233, 270. 

Tax, payment deferred, 14, 18, 31, 32, 34, 48, 52; 
for 1715, 24, S3, 54, 59, 63, 70, 72; apportion- 
ment, 38, 43, 95, 114, 117; committee, 83, 90; 
urged, 46, 47; committee, 60; report, 61; bill, 
64, 65; need for, 68; defence of House, 69; de- 
ficiency, 95; levy, 96, 98, 101, 109, 112; com- 
mittee on, 101, 230, 235; assessment and col- 
lection, 120, 190, 197, 203, 207; lists, 199, 200; 
granted, 204, 206, 209, 210, 211, 215, 220, 251. 

Taylor, Eleazar, petition, 127, 141. 

Taylor, James, ex-treasurer, petition, 39. 

Tenements, liability for debt, 89, 98, 106, 109. 

Terry, Samuel, captain, member for Enfield, 178. 

Terry, Thomas, of Freetown, petition, 247. 

Thacher, Peter, 11; member for Yarmouth, 77; 
to Nantucket, 138; Nantucket Indians, 245. 

Thanksgiving, days of, 126, 127, 128, 133, 228. 

Thaxter, Samuel, colonel, I, 3, 35, 49, 57, 62, 68, 
7h 73, 74, 78, 79, 92, 93, "5> 124, 125, 128, 135, 
140, 167, 168, 196, 215, 220, 229, 244, 258, 261; 
member for Hingham, ix, 77, 178; on petitions, 
4, 79, 122, 131, 180; Rhode Island boundary, 4, 
148, 208; Governor's house, 14; roads, 16; 
Piscataqua lands, 32; light-house, 32; on 
rateable estate, 83; Mather allowance, 92; on 
produce and trade, 104; bills of credit, ill, 
170, 182; light-house accounts, 131; hospital, 
152, 170; Stow boundary, 152, 173; How's 
petition, 156; Hopkinston lands, 161, 218, 
245, 253, 255; governor's speech, 170; lists of 
estates, 183; Marlborough petition, 184, 225, 
230, 231, 232; Dummer's letter, 186, 238; ad- 
dress to King, 187; partition of lands, 200; 
Connecticut boundary, 211, 239; valuation of 
estates, 224; iron and slitting mills, 241, 243; 
Deerfield plat, 241; mills, 241; flask and sand- 
ware, 243; Usher petition, 257; Higginson pe- 
tition, 268. 

Thayer, Samuel, member for Mendon, ix. 

Thomas, Nathaniel, 148; member for Plymouth, 
77; treasurer's accounts, 81; on rateable estate, 
83; Mather allowance, 92; on Lord's day, 137; 
fees, 147; petition, 241, 242, 248, 256. 



Thomas, Onner, 265. 

Thompson's brook, 86. 

Thresher, Christopher, of Middleborough, peti- 
tion, 270. 

Tidd, John, petition, 157. 

Tilestone, Thomas, of Dorchester, 125; petition, 
164. 

Tilley, William, Jr., petition, 249. 

Tisbury, representatives, 77, 178; petition, 206. 

Tiverton, 71; representatives, x, 77, 178; bound- 
ary, 100; ministry, 105, 113, 248, 258. 

Tom George, Indian, 235. 

Tomlin, Sarah, 94. 

Tompson, Jacob, captain, 83, 256; member for 
Middleborough, 77; Rhode Island boundary, 
148. 

Topliffe, Samuel, of Dorchester, petition, 183. 

Topsfield, representatives, ix, 77, 178; petition, 
185. 

Topsham, 72, 140; laid out, 19; proposal of pro- 
prietors, 62. 

Torrey, Josiah, of Swanzey, petition of, 197, 233, 
240, 248, 252. 

Towns, lists of estates, 159, 162; tax apportioned, 
203. 

Townsend, Penn, 77, 114, 150, 180, 194, 222, 225, 
240, 266, 270, 272; councillor, 78, 179; Hing- 
ham, 149, 200; Hopkins' legacy, 218; bills of 
credit, 263; petition, 264. 

Toy, Isaiah, 199, 215, 262; member for Boston, 
178; thanks to Cotton, 180; to governor, 226; 
thanks to Sewall, 246; English petition, 257; 
bills of credit, 263. 

Toys for Indian children, 149. 

Trade, produce and, committee, 104, no, 1 14, 
120, 124, 126; illegal, with Indians, 116, 117; 
discouragement of, 129. 

Trask, John, Jr., of Salem, petition, 210. 

Treasurer's accounts, 51, 80, 87, 131; auditing of, 
8, 12, 81, 90, 189, 194; election of Allen, 33, 92, 
212; salary, 38, 42, 47, 59, 122; election, 90, 
210, 212; governor's visit to Maine, 136, 138, 
141. 

Treasury, supply of, see Tax. 

Trees, preservation, 130. 

Trivet, Richard, 78; member for Marblehead, 77, 
178; on produce and trade, 104. 

True, Henry, captain, 142; member for Salisbury, 

77- 

True, William, member for Salisbury, 178. 

Truro, 67; representatives, x, 77, 178; enlarge- 
ment of, 17, 24; minister's support, 212. 

Tucker, Daniel, sergeant, 219; petition, 21, 28, 
147. 

Tucker, Ephraim, member for Milton, ix, 77. 

Tucker, John, of Dartmouth, 217, 224, 225, 228. 

Tufts, Peter, captain, member for Medford, ix. 

Turner, Thomas, 196, 202, 235; member for Scit- 
uate, 77, 178; on hospital, 86; on expiring laws, 
88, 153, 188; on produce and trade, 104; me- 
dium of trade, 133; fees, 147; How's petition, 
156; governor's speech, 170; bills of credit, 182; 



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killing of wolves, 192; partition of lands, 200; 

Lynn minister, 234; petition, 235. 
Turpentine from pine trees, 56. 
Tu thill, Zachariah, captain, 115; memorial, 21, 

24, 52- 
Tuttle, John, 88. 
Tuttle, Martha, petition, 88. 
Tyley, Samuel, of Boston, petition, 197. 
Tyley, Samuel, Jr., 258. 

Underwood, Joshua, petition, 1 14. 

Upham, Phineas, member for Maiden, Jj; on 

Lord's day, 137. 
Usher, John, petition, 188, 225, 230, 257, 269; 

settlement of treasurer's accounts, 188. 

Valuation of rateable estate, committee, 83, 90; 

bill, 259. 
Varney, Thomas, petition, 271. 
Vaughan, George, lieutenant governor, 80. 
Verdy, Luke, petition, 125, 126. 
Verien, see Vering. 
Vering, John, 114. 

Vering, Mercy, petition, 1 14, 162, 164. 
Vering, Thomas, 114, 162, 164. 
Votes of House, printing of, 65, JO, 123, 184; 

signing by governor, 74. 

Wachusett Hill, 54. 

Wade, Jonathan, Wells and Kittery, 241. 

Wadsworth, Jeremiah, 11, 23. 

Wadsworth, John, member for Milton, 178. 

Wadsworth, John, of Duxbury, 241. 

Wadsworth, Joseph, captain, 179, 262; member 
for Boston, 178; thanks to Cotton, 180; treas- 
urer's accounts, 189; hospital, 193; Campbell's 
petition, 203; bills of credit, 206, 263; Cape 
Cod petition, 208; impost accounts, 210; iron 
and slitting mills, 241, 243; Deerfield plat, 241; 
mills, 241; flask and sandware, 243; Castle 
William, 244, 253. 

Waldo, Cornelius, of Boston, 132; petition, 206. 

Walker, admiral, 31, 119, 215, 219. 

Walter, Nehemiah, petition, 117, 127, 128, 132, 

133- 

Wampas, John, Indian, 269. 

Ward, John, 22; member for Newton, ix, 77, 178; 
medium of trade, 133. 

Ward, Richard, 55. 

Ward, William, surveyor, 35, 101, 121, 242; peti- 
tion, 96. 

Ware, John, 29. 

Warren, James, II; member for Plymouth, ix. 

Watertown, representatives, x, 77, 178; ministry 
in, 16; eastern congregation petition, 57. 

Watts, John, Arrowsick colony, 4, 207; to Eastern 
Indians, 82, 84; letter of Tailer, 125; memorial, 
140, 149. 

Webber, Deborah, 260. 

Webber, Samuel, of York, 259. 

Wells, Jonathan, captain, member for Deerfield, 
77- 



Wells, Thomas, member for Deerfield, 178; peti- 
tion, 198. 

Wells, 20; petitions, 92, 146, 217, 230, 236, 241; 
powder for, 155; representatives, TJ, 178; 
bounds, 239, 241. 

Wenham, 202; conduct of selectmen, 26, 39; 
representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Wentworth, John, eastern parts, 19. 

Westborough, 247. 

Westfield, representatives, ix, T], 178. 

West Hampshire, justices of, 34. 

Weston, representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Weymouth, representatives, ix, 77, 178. 

Whaling, Nantucket, 138. 

Wheeler, Zebadiah, petition, 35. 

Wheelwright, John, of Wells, 5, 94, 199, 220; 
councillor, 2, 79, 180; eastern settlements, 20; 
on fort at Brunswick, 55; Kittery church, 86, 
145; memorial, 101, 102; bills of credit, 190; 
petition, 199; Cape Porpus, 244. 

Whipple, Cyprian, of Ipswich, petition, 136, 218. 

Whipple, Dorothy, petition, 136. 

Whipple, John, petition, 9, 37. 

Whipple, Matthew, petition, 9, 37. 

White, Edward, petition, 58, 100. 

White, John, 48; member for Haverhill, ix; 
elected clerk, I, 78, 179; commissioner to Cape 
Sables, 55; allowance, 75, 122, 166, 216, 255; 
monitor, 160; Norton boundary, 243. 

White, Thomas, surveyor, 5, 18, 199. 

White's Point, Newbury, 96. 

Whitehall, 248. 

Whitehall farm, 218, 245, 253, 254, 255, 257, 258, 
264. 

Whiting, Samuel, Sr., of Lynn, 196, 240. 

Whitney, Benjamin, member for Sherborn, 77. 

Whitney, Richard, petition, 35. 

Wiley, Timothy, member for Reading, ix. 

Willard, Simon, 54, 261, 273. 

William III, portrait, 148. 

Williams, Ann, petition, 173. 

Williams, rev. John, accounts, 7, 9, 12. 

Williams, , pirate, 266. 

Willoughby, Francis, commissioner of excise, 121. 

Wilson, Henry, 269. 

Wilson, Mary, 269. 

Wilson, William, member for Concord, ix, 77, 
178; roads, 16; poll lists, 140; monitor, 180. 

Winchel, Joseph, clerk of Suffield, 52. *i 

Winchester, Josiah, member for Brookline, 178. 

Wine, excise on, 93. 

Wing, Cord, petition, 94, 95. 

Wing, John, captain, 206. 

Winslow, Edward, of Boston, petition, 219. 

Winslow, Isaac, 56, 60, 81, 133, 179, 224, 269; 
councillor, 2, 79, 180. 

Winter Harbor, chaplain for fort, 12, 20; fort, 
55, 62; town, 101; minister, 102, 207, 214. 

Winthrop, Adam, colonel, 1, 3, 22, 33, 35, 62, 71, 
74, 88, 116, 117, 125, 128, 131, 138, 171, 174, 
232, 233, 257, 260, 262, 265, 269, 270; member 
for Boston, ix; address to King, 5; governor's 



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house, 14; trade of New Hampshire, 28; Pis- 
cataqua lands, 32; light-house, 32; Brunswick 
fort, 63; ordinary charges, 73; councillor, 79, 
180; hospital, 94, 170; tax, 101; burning of bills, 
137; memorial, 140; Dummer's letter, 185, 238; 
valuation bill, 259. 

Winthrop, Wait, 7, 65; councillor, 2, 78, 179; 
petition, 21; reception of governor, 43. 

Wiswall, Ichabod, allowance to, 92, 96. 

Wiswell, Oliver, of Dorchester, petition, 164. 

Witchcraft, petition of English, 214. 

Woburn, 197, 199; representatives, ix, 77, 178; 
petition, 157. 

Wolves, destruction of, 189, 190, 192, 210, 228, 
232, 235, 237,243. 

Wood, John, petition, 257. 

Wood, Josiah, of Framingham, petition, 143, 

154- 

Wood, Thomas, of Framingham, petition, 143, 

153, 154- 

Woodbridge, Joseph, cited, 20, 28. 

Woodcock, Mary, petition, 83. 

Woodcock, William, 83. 

Woodel, Gershom, petition, 71; member for Tiv- 
erton, 77, 178. 

Woods, surveyor of, 272. 

Woodstock, representatives, ix, 178. 

Woodward, , 33. 



Woodward, Samuel, secretary to council, 79, 80, 
82; petition, 95, 121; memorial and grant, 126, 
127. 

Woodwell, Thomasin, alias Hill, petition, 94. 

Woono, Isaac, Indian, petition, 43, 84, 98, 102. 

Worcester, 4, 15,28, 30,44, 84, 112, 134, 173, 183, 
184, 206, 212, 224; collection of taxes, 164. 

Worthilake, George, petition, 200. 

Wrentham, representatives, ix, Jj, 178; attend- 
ance, 261. 

Wright, Benjamin, Northfield, 106. 

Wright, Benjamin, Jr., petition, 100. 

Wright, Hannah, petition, 162. 

Wright, John, petition, 199. 

Wright, Thomas, petition, 104. 

Writs, coroner's, 189, 191; interpretation of law, 
192. 

Yai mouth, representatives, x, 77, 178. 

York, representatives, x, 77, 178; powder for, 
155; treasurer's accounts, 203; shire town, 217; 
registry of deeds, 237. 

York county, 232; tax apportioned, 39; settle- 
ments annexed, 120. 

Young, Antony, of Dorchester, petition, 267. 

Young, Jonathan, petition, 271. 

Younglove, James, of Suffield, petition, 34, 52. 

Younglove, Thomas, of Kittery, 26, 27. 



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